Boise council incumbents raised, spent far more than challengers

sberg@idahostatesman.comNovember 5, 2013 

As of Oct. 20, Boise City Council incumbents Ben Quintana, T.J. Thomson and Maryanne Jordan had raised a total of more than $50,000 this year, according to election reports candidates filed with the city clerk.

By contrast, the incumbents' four challengers — Paul Fortin, Bill Jarocki, Jill Humble and Tyler Smith — had raised about $1,830. Most of that was for Jarocki's campaign, which raised $1,331.

A fifth challenger, R. Bryce Petersen, filed a declaration of candidacy Sept. 6 to run against Jordan. But Petersen filed no other campaign documents and did not respond to repeated Statesman attempts to contact him.

Firefighters unions from across the state contributed thousands of dollars to the incumbents' campaigns. Republic Services, which the city contracts with to collect garbage, and realtor associations also were major contributors to the incumbents.

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