Medina leads in campaign contributions in District 2 matchup

Kol Medina raised more, but spent less, than his opponent in the North Ward race for the Bainbridge Island city council.

Medina, the District 2 incumbent, outpaced challenger Kevin Fetterly in last week’s vote tallies for the 2019 Primary Election. Medina picked up 51.2 percent off all ballots cast, while Fetterly earned 41.7 percent.

Both Medina and Fetterly will have a rematch in November’s General Election.

Medina is also winning the dash for cash, and leads in campaign donations over Fetterly, according to reports on file with the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission, the state agency that serves as a watchdog on campaign financing.

Medina raised more than $5,154 for his campaign, while Fetterly pulled in $1,958, according to reports submitted by both campaigns to the PDC.

Fetterly has gotten contributions from a handful on donors, with cash donations ranging from $50 to $500, while Medina has more than 20 donors, with most giving between $50 to $200.

Fetterly has donated approximately $1,208 to his own campaign, with approximately $381 coming from an in-kind (non-cash) donation. He’s also loaned his campaign $1,000, according to the PDC.

Medina has made an in-kind donation of $103 to his campaign, and his campaign has also chipped in $50. Matthew Tirman, a Bainbridge councilman, has donated $50.

Both candidates have concentrated the bulk of their campaign spending on postal appeals to voters and yard signs.

Medina spent $1,706 on the primary; Fetterly has reported $2,457 in expenditures (approximately $500 more than his campaign has raised in contributions).

Most of the money Fetterly has spent on his campaign ($2,042) has gone to the Sharon Gilpin Group, a political consultant, and includes the costs of a mailer sent to Bainbridge voters.

He’s also spent roughly $325 on campaign signs.

Medina’s campaign spent $950 on postcards mailed to North Ward voters, and $300 on signs.

The next highest costs, according to campaign finance reports, was spent on Medina’s participation in Bainbridge’s Fourth of July parade. Medina spent $100 on the event, with most of the money ($59.96) going to candy bought at Costco to throw out to the crowd at the parade.

This year’s November election includes contested races for three other council seats.

Two other council candidates — both in the District 1, at-large race — have raised more money for their campaigns than Medina and Fetterly.

Anthony Oddo and Kirsten Hytopoulos are both seeking the at-large position.

Oddo has raised $18,430, while Hytopoulos has donations totaling $7,450.

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