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Tollefson builds sizable war chest for council race
Val Tollefson has raised more money than any other candidate for the Bainbridge Island City Council in the week leading into the Aug. 6 Primary Election.
Tollefson's campaign has brought in $12,355 so far, according to the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission. The commission is the state's watchdog on campaign financing.
For Bainbridge council races, Tollefson's war chest is substantial. He is on pace to easily the record set by Nezam Tooloee in his council race a decade ago. Tooloee pulled in $17,849 in contributions for his 2003 campaign for an at-large seat on the Bainbridge council.
Tollefson, a retired trial lawyer who worked in Seattle, announced his candidacy for the North Ward, Position 7 seat on the council in late April. He is running against Richard (Dick) Haugan.
Haugan has raised $5,600 so far for his campaign.
Roger Townsend, who is running against Dee McComb for the South Ward, District 3 seat, is the second biggest fundraiser for a council seat so far this election year.
Townsend has amassed $7,068 for his campaign. McComb has not raised any money for her campaign, according to the Public Disclosure Commission.
Both Townsend and McComb will appear on next week's Primary Election ballot for South Ward voters. So will Robert Bosserman, who has since dropped out of the race and has thrown his support to Townsend.
In the third contested seat for the Bainbridge council, Wayne Roth has raised $2,205 for his campaign for the Central Ward, Position 5 seat.
Arlene Buetow is also running for the Central Ward seat, and has not yet raised any money for her campaign, according to the Public Disclosure Commission.