In the competitive Elk Grove City Council District 3 race, four candidates raise money for campaigns

Clockwise from upper left, Lynn Wheat, Amandeep Singh, Maureen Craft and Kevin Spease. |  This year's District 3 Elk Grove City C...

Clockwise from upper left, Lynn Wheat, Amandeep Singh, Maureen Craft and Kevin Spease. | 

This year's District 3 Elk Grove City Council race will be the first time since 2014 that candidates will be competing for an open seat. With Councilmember Steve Detrick's decision not to seek a fourth term, up to six candidates have filed candidacy paperwork and four of them - Maureen Craft, Amandeep Singh, Kevin Spease and Lynn Wheat have been fundraising despite the challenges of presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The four candidates recently filed California Form 460 campaign financial disclosures with the Elk Grove City Clerk's office. Leading the fundraising effort for the six month period ending June 30 shows Kevin Spease leading the cash race through a combination of contributions and loans.

Candidate Lynn Wheat, who also ran for mayor in 2012 reported contributions of $3,879, expenses of $547, and entered July with $3,332 on hand. During her 2012 run for Mayor, Wheat did not accept contributions.

Amandeep Singh, who is a first-time candidate raised $47,972 of which $23,700 was a personal loan. Singh incurred expenses of $6,220 and has $46,587.

Singh and Wheat raised the bulk of their contributions from individual donations.

A candidate for mayor in 2016, Spease raised $54,619 of which $30,000 was a personal loan. During the six month period, Spease had expenses of $4,573 and ended with $63,227.

Spease's largest donations were $5,000 from Jeffrey Adkins, Future Energy; $1,000 each from Associated Builders and Contractors Northern California, Abbey Flooring Design, Elk Grove Land Investments, Felotto Development Company, Gil Moore Oil Company, JJV LLC, Laborers Local185, Republic Services, and Robert Lent.

Additionally, Spease received donations from Elk Grove City Councilmembers Steve Detrick and Stephanie Nguyen who contributed $250 and $100 respectively. Also donating $100 was former Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis.

Craft, also a previous candidate who ran for the District 3 seat in 2016, raised $11,696 for the period. Expenses were $3,197 and Craft ended the six month period with $7,877 on hand.

While Craft, like Singh and Wheat, received most of her contributions from individuals, did receive donations of $500 from Communications Workers of America and $1,500 from Northern California Carpenters Regional Council. Craft received a $250 donation from Stonewall Democratic Club of Sacramento and $100 from Cosumnes Community Services District Director Orlando Fuentes. 

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