Wilson leads in election spending

By Jessica Cejnar, The Del Norte Triplicate

Dean Wilson has received more contributions and has spent more than at least two of his challengers in the race for Del Norte County Sheriff, according to campaign finance reports filed Thursday.

Elwood "Butch" Lee, a sergeant with the Yurok Tribal Police, failed to turn in updated campaign finance information by the May 22 deadline. Lee said on Friday that he was still compiling that information.

In the race for sheriff, unless one candidate captures 51 percent of the vote, the contest will have a runoff in November.

Wilson, who is seeking his fourth term as sheriff, received roughly $7,466 in monetary contributions and $1,746.50 in non-monetary contributions as of May 17. But his own money, about $14,191, accounts for the bulk of his campaign's contributions as of May 17.

Wilson's campaign has spent $17,249.15 as of May 17.

Wilson's largest contributors include Hector and Eileen Brown, who own the Lighthouse Inn and have contributed $1,500 to his campaign.

Ocean World, which is owned by Dean and Mary Wilson, contributed $1,346.50 in sign materials, office supplies, space rent and food. He also received about $3,717 in unitemized contributions of less than $100.

Wilson's largest expenditures include $4,743 to BiCoastal Media for radio ads and $3,795.10 to the Del Norte Triplicate for newspaper ads. He also spent $1,454.83 to Telephone Town Hall Meeting Inc. of Golden, Colo., for a telephone town hall meeting.

Wilson's campaign had an ending cash balance of nearly $1,908 as of May 17.

Wilson's predecessor, Jim Maready, who was sheriff from 1995 to 2002, received $8,951.68 in monetary contributions and $627.48 in non-monetary contributions as of May 17. Maready and his wife Marty used $2,362.68 of their own money for the campaign.

Maready's campaign has spent $9,430.72 as of May 17.

Maready's largest contributors include Seawood Village, which donated $908.50 to his campaign, Salmon Harbor Resort, which donated $500 and Crescent City resident Paul Dillard, who donated $554.75.

Maready's largest expenditures include $3,252.26 in Triplicate ads and $983.47 to Alabama-based ABC Signs for campaign paraphernalia. Maready also paid $850.81 to Del Norte Office Supply for literature and $217.29 to Custom Dezign Graphics.

Maready's campaign had an ending cash balance of $148.44.

Crescent City Police Sgt. Erik Apperson, one of the newcomers to the race for sheriff, has received $6,376 in contributions and has spent $6,019.39 as of May 17. His campaign currently has an ending cash balance of $551.61.

Apperson's largest contributors include $2,000 from the Elk Valley Rancheria, $600 from The Club and $350 from Beverly Burtschell of Burtschell Floor Coverings. Apperson's campaign received $195 from T-shirt sales.

Apperson's largest expenditures include $1,720.50 for ads in the Triplicate and $1,316.65 to VistaPrint.com .

Reach Jessica Cejnar at jcejnar@triplicate.com .

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