City Councilmember Pete Festersen has filed his campaign finance report early. It’s easy to see why.
“I’m confident this will be the largest balance of any current city councilman or challenger … and comparable to what you’ll soon find with the mayoral candidates, I’m told,” Festersen told us earlier today. Festersen will face Edward Truemper, a pediatrician who works at Children’s Hospital and the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
At first blush, it looks like this year’s city election is going to be a robust arms (e.g. fundraising) race. Mayoral candidates are pulling in some serious cash.
Just look at mayoral candidate Dan Welch’s war chest. Jean Stothert, meanwhile, tells us she has $240,000 in the bank for the spring election.
Stothert’s campaign announced it raised $330,000 in 2012, a figure that includes roughly $100,000 from Stothert’s City Council campaign fund. Stothert’s campaign said much of its spending was on office space, staff and research. The campaign declined to identify specific donors ahead of a finance report deadline later this month.
We’ve watched this issue closely, and will have plenty more analysis on the money involved in Omaha’s elections soon.