Financial filings start for Elk Grove City Council challengers, incumbents

As the end of July quickly approaches, financial disclosures are now trickling into the Elk Grove City Clerk's office.

Those semi-annual filings know as California Form 460, reveals how much office holders and seekers raised in contributions and how they spent that money. That disclosure is required of every candidate and officeholder who accepts contributions.

As of today, two candidates for the Elk Grove City Council - one incumbent and one challenger have recorded their disclosures. The challenger is Lynn Wheat, who is running for the District 3 seat and incumbent Darren Suen, who represents District 1.

For the six months ending June 30, Suen raised $7,650. His expenditures were $12,559 and has a balance of $102.983.

Suen's money came from eight contributors. The largest donation was from Schetter Electric, who gave Suen $5,000. 

Among the six candidates seeking the District 3 seat being vacated by Steve Detrick was Lynn Wheat. According to her filing, Wheat raised $3,887 and spent $454.

Previously, Wheat ran for mayor in 2012. In that race, Wheat chose not to raise funds and voluntarily accepted limits.

As demonstrated by Suen's relatively modest take relative to his funds on-hand and his incumbent status, shows fundraising has become a challenge for all candidates following the COVID-19 shutdowns. Suen's challenger, Ali Moua, has not filed as of today.

Although six candidates have declared candidacy for the District 3 position, only Wheat and fellow challengers Maureen Craft, Amandeep Singh, and Kevin Spease were eligible to fund-raise through June 30. All four held fundraising events before the mid-March COVID-19 shutdowns. 

Elk Grove City Councilmembers Pat Hume, who is not on the ballot, and Detrick filed their disclosures. Hume did not raise any money and has $16,307 on hand, while Detrick has $11,165 on hand and did not conduct fundraising as the end of tenure in December on the city council approaches.        

All candidates and officer holder have until tomorrow to submit their disclosures or have them postmarked. 

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