Josi, Mitchell close in fundraising

Tim Josi has surpassed $100,000 in campaign donations, while Tiffiny Mitchell is approaching the mark ahead of Tuesday’s Democratic primary for state House.

Josi, Mitchell and John Orr are vying for the seat held by state Rep. Deborah Boone, D-Cannon Beach, who will retire after 14 years in office.

Josi, a Tillamook County commissioner and former state representative, has raised over $110,000 in cash donations and in-kind contributions. Local timber and soft drink companies have been some of Josi’s largest donors. He also has fielded contributions from legislators such as Boone and state Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose.

He has received $1,000 contributions from oil company Chevron and retail giant Kroger.

Campaign contributions are a necessity to win elections, Josi said, but he also has called for a public financing option.

“Ethically, (contributors) would never bring it up, but you know how much money they contributed to your campaign, and so it makes it hard to vote against them. I’ve done it in the past and I would do it again,” Josi said.

By mid-April, Mitchell’s war chest had reached less than 60 percent of Josi’s total. But the case management coordinator for the state Department of Human Services has since raised her haul to more than $92,000.

Her top donor — more than $20,000 — is the Oregon League of Conservation Voters. Cash contributions account for $13,000 of those donations. Oregon AFSCME Council 75 — a public employees union — gave $10,000.

Orr, an attorney, has raised less than $3,000 in the past three weeks, bringing his total to more than $16,000. His largest donations have not exceeded $1,000.

Vineeta Lower, the only Republican candidate who has filed, has raised more than $8,000. Her donors include the Clatsop County Republican Central Committee — $300 — and Oregon Right to Life PAC — $500.

Independent candidate Brian Halvorsen has not established a candidate committee.

In the race for three seats on the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners, half of the eight candidates have received more than $1,500 in contributions, while the rest have not reported any donations.

In District 1, former Warrenton Mayor Mark Kujala has raised $3,500 — including $2,500 from Hampton Lumber. Andy Davis, a data analyst, and George McCartin, a former attorney, have not reported any donations.

Pamela Wev, a land use planner and economic development consultant, leads the District 3 race with more than $2,800 in donations — including $200 from Clatsop County Planning Commissioner Chris Farrar. Peter Roscoe, a former Astoria city councilor and restaurateur, trails with $1,800. Kurt and Jon Englund, who run Englund Marine & Industrial Supply, have given a combined $700 to Roscoe’s campaign. Pepsi of Astoria gave $200.

Doug Thompson, a former Astoria city councilor, does not have a candidate committee.

In District 5, Commissioner Lianne Thompson has raised about $2,500. Donors include Boone’s candidate committee and the Democratic Party of Oregon.

Her opponent, Susana Gladwin, a farmer, has not reported any contributions, but she did take out a $300 loan.


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