TWIN FALLS — Twin Falls City Council incumbents are outspending and out-campaigning their challengers, according to new finance reports.
Candidates were required to file campaign disclosure statements by Tuesday. In Twin Falls, they’re competing for three seats currently held by Suzanne Hawkins, Greg Lanting and Christopher Reid.
City elections in odd-numbered years typically don’t trigger high-dollar campaigns, and some of this year’s challengers hadn’t raised any contributions to their campaigns this filing period — unlike the incumbents.
Reid’s opponent, Brian Bell, hasn’t spent anything, according to his reports, nor has he solicited any contributions. And Lanting is the only one in his race who has solicited contributions — no surprise, he also outspent his opponents.
Hawkins, meanwhile, faces three challengers and appears to be getting a run for her money from challengers Eric Smallwood and Liyah Babayan.
Here’s a quick look at the numbers from the disclosure reports this filing period. The reports are available to view in full on the city’s website, tfid.org.
$497.76 — What Christopher Reid spent on his campaign, mostly at Vistaprint.com, Facebook and Standard Printing.
$725 — What Reid brought in for contributions. His biggest single donation was $400 from Ken Romney.
$4.44 — What Larry Houser spent on his campaign (at Office Max). All of it was his own money, and he hasn’t raised any donations.
$301.58 — What Tim Allen spent, all of it his own money. He hasn’t raised any outside contributions, either.
$1,830.10 — Lanting’s expenditures, mostly made to local media outlets. He’s raised $1,710 in contributions.
$1,000 — What Idaho Association of Realtors donated to both Greg Lanting and Hawkins. The organization was both incumbents’ largest single contributor.
$2,300 — What Hawkins raised in campaign contributions.
$1,538.09 — What Hawkins spent, mostly through the Times-News, Standard Printing and Vistaprint.com.
$199.28 — What Leon Mills spent (all from his own and his spouse’s money).
$968.75 — What Eric Smallwood raised for his campaign. His largest donation was $500 from James Holesinsky.
$113.12 — What Smallwood spent on his campaign — but this doesn’t include the $503.50 in outstanding debt.
$890 — What Liyah Babayan raised in campaign contributions, mostly from 23 people who donated $50 or less.
$644.35 — What Babayan spent for her campaign at VistaPrint.com, Facebook and Copy-It.
Editor's note: This story was updated at noon Nov. 2 to include figures from Liyah Babayan's financial disclosure report.