Campaigns vow not to spend a lot of money

  • John Santana<br>Mill Creek Enterprise editor
  • Monday, March 3, 2008 6:49am

It’s official: This fall’s Mill Creek City Council races won’t cost a lot of money.

Rosemary Bennetts, who’s running against incumbent John Hudgins for position 3 on the Council, filed campaign finance documents with the state Public Disclosure Commission last week, and like nearly all the other candidates running for City Council, Bennetts has opted for the “mini reporting” option.

“Mini reporting” means candidates vow to raise and spend no more than $3,500 on their entire campaign. They also pledge to limit contributions from any one person, business or organization to no more than $300. It has also been the preferred reporting option in recent years for City Council candidates and local ballot measure campaigns.

Bennetts’ filing means that all seven candidates for Mill Creek City Council have filed their campaign finance paperwork with the Public Disclosure Commission. With the exception of Brady Austin, all committed to mini reporting.

In an e-mail statement, Tim Austin, Brady Austin’s treasurer and father, wrote: “We do not anticipate receiving aggregate contributions in excess of $3,500. However, it is possible that the campaign might receive contributions in excess of $300 from a single individual or individuals. Consequently, we have opted for full reporting.”

Tim Austin also wrote that the campaign believes “it is important for Mill Creek’s voters to know who is contributing to the council campaigns, and that information would seem to be much more readily available to the voters under the full reporting option.”

According to documents posted on the Public Disclosure Commission Web site, Brady Austin has received in-kind contributions from his mother, Christine, for $60, which went toward his filing fee, and $19 from Tim Austin, which went toward a Web site address. The campaign deposited $250 into its treasury on Aug. 5.

Austin is running against Mayor Terry Ryan for Ryan’s seat on the Council. It is the only other contested City Council seat. Three races are unopposed.

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