Havre Daily News
Havre Mayor Bob Rice, a Republican, has outpaced his Democratic challenger, Havre City Council member Pam Hillery, in campaign fundraising, the latest campaign finance reports show.
Rice raised a total of $9,803 as of Oct. 27. He's spent $3,559, leaving him with a balance of about $6,186 going into the home stretch before Tuesday's election.
Hillery has raised $5,416 and spent $4,475, leaving her with about $940.
She said today she is not worried by the amount of money Rice has left.
“I got the things I intended to buy,” Hillery said. “I'm very comfortable where I'm at. I've raised the money I needed. I have enough left to do the things I want to do.”
In an interview last week, Rice said he didn't know what he would purchase with his remaining funds.
Rice purchased signs and literature from Hill County Printing; radio ads from New Media Broadcasters; materials from Bi-Mart, Fastenal, Barkus Home Center, Master Sports, Bear Paw Lumber in Havre and from Staples, Sam's Club and the Dollar Store in Great Falls; and mugs, hats and other materials from businesses in Michigan, Oregon and Connecticut.
Hillery purchased ads from the Havre Daily News and New Media Broadcasters; printed materials from Griggs Printing and Publishing and Carbon Copy; and candy and supplies from Pennington's, Gary & Leo's Fresh Foods, Office Equipment and Ben Franklin Crafts.
In the race for Havre City Judge, challenger Rozan Kerr raised and spent more than incumbent Joyce Perszyk. Kerr raised about $1,310 and spent about $1,013, leaving her with about $291 for the last week of the campaign. She contributed about $330 of her own money to her campaign and spent it registering for the election.
Perszyk raised $925 and spent about $524, leaving her with about $401. Perszyk has contributed $700 of her own money to her campaign and also has spent about $80 of her own money to purchase candy, signs and paper.
In the Ward 4 Havre City Council race, Democratic incumbent Allen “Woody” Woodwick outpaced Republican challenger Shane Ford. Woodwick has raised about $1,334, including $50 of his own money. He has spent about $1,102, leaving him with about $231. Ford has raised about $704. That included $74 of his own money, which he spent on parade candy at an unspecified business. He has $630 left.
In the Ward 3 City Council race, Republican candidate Bob Kaftan has raised about $925 and spent about $880, leaving him with $45. Kaftan spent about $380 on his own campaign. Democratic candidate Bob Kaul has raised about $879, including $100 of his own money. He's spent about $641, leaving him with about $238.
The following information about donations came from campaign finance reports filed by Oct. 27.
Republican incumbent Bob Rice:
$130 contributions: Havre City Council members Terry Schend and Rick Pierson, contractors Tom Patrick, David Clausen and Bill Baltrusch, Brett Patrick, Havre Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Debbie Vandeberg, Hill County Republican Party chair Brad Lotton, Great Northern Inn owner Bill Dritshulas, homemaker Judy Dritshulas, retiree John Dritshulas, Texana owner John Brown, Texana manager Sandra Brown, oil developer Brooks Boedecker, Charissa Boedecker, Gwen Dumas, rancher Lynn Gatzemeier, retired Dr. David Abbott, Baker Amusement manager Thomas Baker III, the Rev. John Chapman, homemaker Connie Chapman, carpenter Autumn Clausen, Uncle Joe's owners Joe and Beth Davidson, farmer Hugh Gwynn, insurance agent Thomas Healy, plumbing company owner Danny Holt, City Council candidate Bob Kaftan, dentist Lee Laeupple, Dr. Karen Lein, retiree Tom Manaras, farmer Jody Manuel, farmer Crystal Manuel, Northern Montana Hospital CEO David Henry, Culligan Water owner Ken Myers, retiree Jack Norman, retiree Bill Rader, insurance agent Richard Shafer, homemaker Gavis Schafer, Border Patrol agent Carol Staudacher, Tilleman Motors owner Mike Tilleman, retiree DeeAnn Turck, and M&M Auto Parts owner Mike Wojtowick.
$100 contributions: retiree Betty Baltrusch, Independence Bank president Miles Hamilton, Klabzuba Oil manager Cole Chandler, Ruby Worstell, insurance agent Bud Baldwin, retiree Prudence Botkin, retiree Neal Brenna, Palace owner Jupe Compton, retiree Maureen Dolan, insurance agent Max Erickson, Stockman Bank vice president Lance Johnson, insurance agent Victor Velk, Thompson Properties owner Vinee Thompson, and retiree Arlene Morgan.
$50 or more: Carole Norman, retiree Gerald Basler, retiree Otto Stuber, beauty consultant Ann Manuel, service worker Mary Saboe, retiree Biance Miller, Ruben McKinney, retiree Dagmar McElroy, Devon foreman Herman Handstede, insurance agent Richard Bohn, District IV Human Resources Development Council nurse Sara Carolyn Fox, Duck Inn manager Brent Giachino, Pennington's manager Jim Matter, Modern Air owner Dennis Morgan, Herberger's manager Gary Peterson, city worker William Saboe, construction worker Eli Salapich, Norman's Ranch and Sportswear owner Scott Young.
$25 or more: insurance agent Andrew Brekke, retiree Kay Olson, retiree Vern Olson, and an additional $310 in contributions of $35 or less.
All of Rice's itemized contributors are from Havre.
Rice also has raised about $939 at fundraisers at the Vets Club, Park View Apartments and the Great Northern Fair.
Democrat Pam Hillery
$130: Montana Department of Transportation director Jim Lynch; BNSF engineer Jerry Morse; Havre attorney Robert Peterson; Bexley, Ohio, teacher Elizabeth Hillery; Patricia Warner, of Churchville, Va.; Patricia Hillery of Staunton, Va.; homemaker Rebecca Hill Diller, of Parker, Colo.; geophysicist David Diller of Parker, Colo.; Hill County Democratic Central Committee; Hill County Democratic Women's Club; and state Department of Justice deputy chief of staff Galen Hollenbaugh of Helena.
$100 or more: Havre retiree Audrey Kaercher; A. Richard Tuss, of Venice, Fla.; Lewis and Clark County Commissioner Ed Tinsley; Bozeman consultant Dennis Alexander; Havre teacher Darla Kaercher; Havre retiree Lloyd Kaercher; and Havre counselor William Boley.
$50 or more: Hill County Commission chair Kathy Bessette; Hill County Commissioner Mike Anderson; Friends of Mike McGrath; retiree Nora Nelson of Havre; Fort Belknap College professor Scott Friskies; former Havre legislator Toni Hagener; Helena consultant Dave Hunter; Helena consultant Linda Carlson; District IV Human Resources Development Council executive director Vic Miller; development officer Cindy Palmer, of Ledger; Helena consultant Douglas Mitchell; Barbara Jergeson of Chinook; Montana Environmental Information Center executive director James Jensen of Helena; Helena volunteer Eliza Frazer; MDT supervisor Jody Bachini of Helena; Helena consultant Linda Stoll; Helena consultant Frank Cote; Big Sandy farmer Sharla Tester; state economic development specialist Pamela Cote of Butte; BNSF conductor Kent Shepard; state Department of Justice clerk Susie Shepard of Havre; and Helena retiree Betty Preite.
$35 or more: BNSF supervisor Thomas Swinney of Havre; U.S. Sen Max Baucus field representative Holly Luck, of Helena; Helena retiree Arlene Parisot; Helena retiree Shirley Bachini; Hill County Sheriff Greg Szudera; state Office of Public Instruction administrative assistant Sue Tinsley, of Helena; state Department of Commerce director Tony Preite; and Glacier Action & Involvement NOW Inc. executive director Joni Stewart, of Cut Bank.
About $1,870 in contributions of less than $35 each.
Hillery also raised money at pass-the-hat fundraisers in Helena and Great Falls.
City Judge (nonpartisan)
Incumbent Joyce Perszyk
Perszyk has received a donation of $100 from Kari McLaughlin, of Fresh Meadow, N.Y.; $75 from Hill County Attorney Cyndee Peterson; and $50 from Kalispell writer Pat Gillies.
$130: Havre retiree Mary Surean.
$100: Hill County Republican chair Brad Lotton, Havre retiree Tillie Patterson, farmer Hugh Gwynn and contractor Bill Baltrusch.
$50: Homecare provider Dee Ann Riddles and Ruby Worstell.
$340 in contributions of $35 or less
Havre City Council - Ward 4
Democratic incumbent Allen “Woody” Woodwick
$130: Hill County Democratic Central Committee, Hill County Democratic Women, James Carey, of Helena
$100: BNSF conductor Kent Shepard and Havre financial adviser Gus Sharp.
$50 or more: state Public Service Commissioner Greg Jergeson, of Chinook; District IV HRDC executive director Vic Miller; former Havre legislator Toni Hagener; former Havre legislator Ray Peck; Jim Treperinas; Rod Rick.
$35 or more: Hill County Commissioner Mike Anderson, state Sen. Ken Hanson of Harlem, and Hill County Sheriff Greg Szudera.
$20: Havre retiree Ray West and Havre retiree Lloyd Kaercher.
$84 in additional contributions of $35 or less.
Republican Shane Ford
$130: Rancher Jody Manuel and rancher Crystal Manuel.
$100: Farmer Hugh Gwynn and contractor Bill Baltrusch
$50: Hill County Republican chair Brad Lotton.
$25 or more: Farmer Ken Wilson, retiree William Rader, retiree David Abbot and retiree DeeAnn Turck.
$15 in additional donations.
Havre City Council - Ward 3
Republican Bob Kaftan
$130: Hill County Republican Party chair Brad Lotton and retiree DeeAnn Turck.
$100: Farmer Hugh Gwynn and contractor Bill Baltrusch.
$50 or more: Insurance agent Richard Schafer.
He received $95 in contributions of $35 or less.
Democrat Bob Kaul
$130: Hill County Democratic Central Committee and Hill County Democratic Women.
$50: Havre retiree John Dritshulas, BNSF conductor Kent Shepard, Havre state worker Susie Shepard and Hill County Commissioner Doug Kaercher.
$35 or more: Havre retiree Jim Treperinas, Hill County Sheriff Greg Szudera and Great Falls retiree Fred Kaul.
$169 in contributions of $35 or less.