(HELENA) Campaigning is well underway for Helena’s city elections in November, and candidates have already raised a total of more than $50,000.
Candidates submitted updated fundraising reports to the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices website earlier this week. The latest reports include the money they raised between Aug. 14 and Aug. 26.
In the race for Helena mayor, challenger Wilmot Collins has raised more than $9,654 this year. Incumbent Mayor Jim Smith has received $7,295 in campaign contributions over the same period.
Six candidates are running for two seats on the Helena City Commission. Some of those candidates’ updated reports were not available on the Commissioner of Political Practices website as of Friday afternoon.
The most recent report available for all six candidates covered fundraising up to Aug. 13. As of that report, they had raised the following amounts:
Justin Ailport: $2,998
Mark Burzynski: $10,410
Andres Haladay (incumbent): $5,998
Sean Logan: $8,240
Heather O’Loughlin: $8,225.38
Candidate Gary Spaeth did not report receiving any contributions as of Aug. 13.
The only contested race in East Helena is for a city council seat in Ward Two. Both candidates, incumbent Don Dahl and Kelly Harris, do not have to file fundraising reports because they are limiting their spending to no more than $500 each.