Price is No. 1 in campaign contributions for Feb. 2 Naples election

Naples City Council candidate Bill Willkomm

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Naples City Council candidate Bill Willkomm

Dorothy Hirsch stands to make a report of her group’s discussion at the Town Hall meeting June 28.

Dorothy Hirsch stands to make a report of her group’s discussion at the Town Hall meeting June 28.

Sam J. Saad III

Sam J. Saad III

Gary Price

Gary Price

— The race is on.

And incumbent Naples City Councilman Gary Price is leading the pack when it comes to campaign contributions.

According to the most recent campaign report, due Jan. 4, Price has brought in more than $33,000 in monetary contributions as of Dec. 25.

Campaign treasurer reports outline how much money candidates raise, and how they spend it, during the election cycle. The reports are due periodically throughout the campaign cycle, with the final report due in May.

Price brought in $1,700 in cash and checks from Dec. 12 through Dec. 25. He only spent $260 for city and state election filing fees.

City Council candidate Sam Saad was the big spender during the two-week time period. Saad spent a little more than $7,000 from Dec. 12 to Dec. 25.

Saad’s largest expenditure in that time period was for a public relations consultant and advertising. Saad spent $3,040 in public relations and another $2,921 in advertising.

Saad brought in $4,550 in cash and checks — plus a $1,000 personal loan — bringing his total monetary contributions to $26,855 to date.

The remainder of the candidates brought in between $500 and $4,000 during the past filing period:

■ Doug Finlay brought in $3,975, and did not spend any money during this time period.

■ Dorothy Hirsch loaned her campaign $500 this report cycle, and spent $260 on filing fees.

■ City Councilman Bill Willkomm brought in $2,050, and spent $1,260 reporting cycle.

Naples City Council election is Tuesday, Feb. 2. Council members collect $23,500 a year, plus benefits.

Connect with Naples reporter Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster at www.naplesnews.com/staff/jenna-buzzacco

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