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Hiremath leads in campaign cash

PAC contributions make up 15 percent of mayoral candidate's receipts

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Posted: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 11:00 pm | Updated: 8:10 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

The final campaign finance reporting deadline before the May 18 Oro Valley election has passed, with mayoral candidates Satish Hiremath and Mike Zinkin reporting additional fund-raising.

In the reporting period from March 30 to April 28, Hiremath raised $6,882, Zinkin $4,236.

Throughout the campaign, Hiremath has raised more than $25,200. Zinkin's fund-raising efforts have netted slightly more than $11,000.

Zinkin supporters have raised an issue regarding the amount of money political action committees have given the Hiremath campaign.

To date, such groups have contributed $3,560 to Hiremath, or about 15 percent of the total cash he's raised. Those groups include Realtors of Southern Arizona, Southern Arizona Homebuilders Association, the International Association of Firefighters and the Avondale Professional Firefighters Association.

No outside groups have given to the Zinkin campaign. Automotive sales mogul Jim Click gave $410 to Zinkin, who works part-time for Click.

Outgoing Councilman K.C. Carter gave $250 to Hiremath and has written a letter to The Explorer in support of the candidate.

A local PAC, Citizens for a Better Oro Valley, reported receipts and spending during the recent period. The group, headed up by businessman Mike Quinn and wife Bonnie Quinn, raised $1,270 and spent about $600.

The Oro Valley general election is scheduled for May 18. Because this is a polling place election, voters who did not request early or vote-by-mail ballots have to vote at polling places. Early voting is already under way.

To find your polling place check the voter services section of the Pima County Recorder's website at www.recorder.pima.gov or call 740-4350. You can also contact the Oro Valley Clerk's office at 229-4700.

Campaign fund-raising

Mayor

Satish Hiremath $25,220 total cash raised

Mike Zinkin $11,132 total cash raised

Council

Joe Hornat $13,020 total cash raised

Lou Waters $9,917 total cash raised

Mary Snider $8,992 total cash raised

Matthew Rabb $2,735 total cash raised

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