Candidates seeking a spot on the Manhattan City Commission this November recently turned in receipts showing campaign contributions and expenditures received from Jan. 1 through July 22. (Each of the reports can be viewed at the bottom of this story.)
Two of the three incumbents raised the most, with Aaron Estabrook outpacing the field at $6,725 in contributions, including six contributions of $500. Fellow commissioner Usha Reddi raised $5,245.19, including three contributions of $500. Among those contributing to Reddi’s campaign, fellow commissioner Linda Morse contributed $100.
Mayor Wynn Butler raised $1,723 over that time frame, with nearly a third of that coming from his own pocket and a $250 contribution from fellow commissioner Mark Hatesohl.
Among the challengers, Rich Jankovich raised $3,670.05, John Matta’s contributions totaled $2,490.03 and Monica Macfarlane raised $2,815, including $25 from Commissioner Estabrook. Macfarlane self funded $1,085 to her own campaign, the largest such contribution among the nine candidates.
Candidates Joe McGraw and Kaleb James both raised less than $1,000 for their respective campaigns, with McGraw raising $950 and James at $200.
Marcus Kidd filed an affidavit of exemption with the Riley County Clerk’s office, meaning he will not receive or expend more than $1,000.Butler, Wynn
Matta, John 2