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Mayoral candidates in funding dead heat

Having raised a combined $106,000 in mayoral campaign war chests, Louis Mentor and Cary Bozeman are remarkably within $250 of each other in total contributions.

In data taken from a Public Disclosure Commission Web site Oct. 16, Mentor had reported $53,286 in contributions, while Bozeman reported $53,036.

Though the candidates were very close in overall contributions, there was a difference in how contributions accumulated.

Mentor listed no contributions from his own pocket in his campaign, while Bozeman lists $7,200 in “candidate cash contributions.”

Bozeman listed $35 toal in small contributors (generally $25 or less each), while Mentor listed $2,397 from small donors.

“Obviously, I am very proud of that,” Mentor said.

Mentor listed his top contributor as J.R. Collier, a retired Navy officer and “acquaintance.” Collier donated $3,200 to the Mentor campaign on Aug. 27, which went toward an advertisement in The Sun newspaper, according to Mentor.

Other top Mentor contributors included Rod Parr of Parr Ford Co. at $3,000 and the Bremerton Auto Dealers Association at $2,500. No other individual donations of more than $500 were listed on Mentor’s reporting.

Bozeman, former mayor of Bellevue, listed five $1,000 individual donations with no other single donation exceeding $500. (Silverdale businessman Greg Meakin made three donations totalling $1,000. See side story.)

Bozeman’s named $1,000 contributors were:

• Valerie Newman of Mercer Island (no occupation listed).

• Bremerton car dealers Charles and Joanne Haselwood of Bremerton (two contributions totalling $1,500).

• Brent Blake, a Gig Harbor businessman.

• Michael O’Brien, self-employed in Seattle.

• and Herbert Myers, Poulsbo, owner of Boxlight Corp.

The Haselwoods also contributed $500 to the Mentor campaign.

A total of 351 people made cash contributions to Bozeman totalling $40,312.

Mentor has long made a point during the primary and general election campaign that much of Bozeman’s campaign donations are coming from outside Bremerton and Kitsap County.

Of Bozeman’s 351 contributors, 85 list Bellevue or Seattle area addresses. Included are John Ellis, chairman emeritus of the Seattle Mariners, car dealer Phil Smart, Safeway Inc., the Washington Association of Realtors, Diamond Parking of Seattle, and former Washington Gov. Booth Gardner.

For Mentor, his $37,432 of named contributions came from 232 individuals. Only six came from the Seattle or Bellevue area.

In the $250 and up category, Mentor’s contributors include a veritable “Who’s Who” of Kitsap County business people: Tracyton dentist Bill Walgren; Kitsap County and Bremerton property owner Tim Ryan; Bremerton CPA Clarke Whitney; Burt Pearce of Bremerton Dodge; Stan Palmer, a Port Orchard contractor; Larry Setterlund, of L&R Automotive; Bremerton Attorney Ed Wolfe; Randy Hanson of Hanson Signs; Chris and Lauren Funke of Kitsap Lumber; and Richard and Sandra Dunlap of ParaMetrix Inc.

However, Bozeman has been able to make in-roads in the Kitsap County business community. In addition to his $1,000 contributors listed above, among donations of $250 or more, came ones from: Brenda Prowse, a North Kitsap realtor; Rick Krueger, Belfair, who owns Claremont East and Clearbrook Inn retirement centers; Gary Gartin, Bradley Scott Realty; John Chittenden of Kitsap License Beverage Association; James Capps of Capps/Rainier Auto Repair; Richard Granquist, of Port Orchard’s Granquist Construction; Roger Nance, a banker from Eagle Mortgage of Bremerton; Burt Pearce of Bremerton Dodge; and Victor Target II of Windermere Real Estate.

In-kind contributions to the Mentor campaign totaled $3,262 through Oct. 16 and included the Mentor Law Group PLLC of Seattle; Sign Crafters and Signtown USA, both of Bremerton; and Parker Lumber Inc.

Bozeman’s in-kind contributions totaled $1,379 and included: John Hildebrand of Kitsap Golf and Country Club; Sherril Huff-Menees; the Trophy Lake Golf Club; Joan Allen, La Fermata Restaurant of Manette; Betty Peterson and Rich Rucker.

Loans to the Mentor campaign totaled $3,000, while Bozeman borrowed $3,800 to support his race for City Hall.

No anonymous cash contributions have arrived at Mentor headquarters, while Bozeman has a few secret admirers. He listed $240 in anonymous contributions.

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