Last year’s campaign finance reports for the Sioux Falls School Board election were awfully uninteresting.
Doug Morrison raised and spent $0. Debbie Hoffman did the same.
Yawn. (I bet you yawned just now. Sorry.)
This year, two candidates are fundraising and two are not.
Leading the money race, as of April 3, is newcomer Todd Thoelke. The Sioux Empire’s Realtor of the Year had picked up $4,691 in direct contributions (he’s spending it too) plus $678.40 in-kind. Most of his money comes from his industry:
- $2,000 from RPAC, the National Association of Realtors’ political arm
- $200 from Hegg, his employer
- $250 from HJN Realtors
- $200 from Ken Dunlap of Key Realty
- $100 from Tony Erickson of Hegg
- $100 from Tony Ratchford of “group” fame
Kate Parker, the race’s lone incumbent, is raising money too.
She had $2,425 left over from her 2009 election and picked up another $2,495 this time around.
The largest donor was Bob Thimjon ($250), a former board member and regular campaign funder who has served on the district’s “finance action committee.”
Ken Allender hadn’t raised any money as of April 3 but had spent $183 of his own money.
Hoffman again is soliciting and spending no money.