Columbia City Council candidates have raised about $30,000 so far

Sunday, February 27, 2011 | 6:32 p.m. CST; updated 8:12 p.m. CST, Sunday, February 27, 2011

COLUMBIA — Doctors, attorneys, retired residents and MU employees were among the most frequent donors to candidates in the April 5 City Council election.

Combined, City Council candidates for the First and Fifth wards raised more than $30,000.

Fifth Ward

The campaign finance reports, released by the Missouri Ethics Commission Thursday, show Fifth Ward candidate Helen Anthony as the leading fundraiser. Her campaign has raised $14,629.82 and spent $5,024.43.

Anthony’s largest donation came from her sister, Anne Hall, an attorney from McLean, Va. Hall gave $1,000 to Anthony’s campaign.

Sixteen of Anthony’s 97 donors were MU employees. Sixteen of her donors were listed as retired.

Tom Smith, president of Flat Branch Pub & Brewing, donated $500 to Anthony's campaign. Smith and his wife, Anne, are residents of the Fifth Ward and consider Anthony a friend.

"We think she has a good vision for the Fifth Ward, and we're confident in her dedication and work ethic," Smith said. "I prefer someone with a progressive nature."

The other candidate for the Fifth Ward seat, Glen Ehrhardt, raised $7,185.

Attorney Jennifer Bukowsky was Ehrhardt’s largest contributor. She donated $1,000.

First Ward

Fred Schmidt led First Ward candidates with $8,547.74.

Schmidt’s highest donations were five separate donations of $500. His top donors included a relative, St. Louis attorney Dudley Von Holt, and the Columbia law firm Van Matre, Harrison, Volkert and Hollis.

Of the other three First Ward candidates, Pam Forbes reported $995 raised, Mitch Richards raised $690, and Darrell Foster did not file a campaign finance report.

Retired Columbia resident Vic Chapman donated $300 to Forbes’ campaign, making Chapman her top donor.

Bonnie Friehling of the Healing Lifestyle Center donated $500, making up the majority of Richards’ campaign funds.

As Foster did not file a finance report nor establish a campaign committee, he’s prohibited from raising or spending more than $1,000 on his campaign.

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