Navickas biggest spender in races for Ashland council

Ashland City Councilman Eric Navickas is raising more money and spending more than his challenger as he fights to hang onto his seat in the Nov. 2 election.

Navickas has brought in $3,382 and spent $2,187, while his opponent, Ashland Planning Commissioner Michael Morris, has received $2,935 and spent $1,378, according to a Tuesday check of state campaign spending records.

If Navickas spends all the money he has brought in, he will exceed Ashland's voluntary campaign spending limit of $3,213.25. However, candidates are able to carry campaign surpluses into future years.

There is no punishment for exceeding the voluntary limit, except that the city of Ashland will publish a newspaper notice about the spending. Morris exceeded the limit during an unsuccessful 2004 bid to unseat then City Councilwoman Cate Hartzell.

Contributions to Navickas include a $252 loan from Hartzell, a $620 loan and a $180 contribution from Rogue Group Sierra Club member Tom Dimitre, $300 from pesticide opponents Angelika and Darwin Thusius and $200 from Paul Copeland, who has expressed concerns about a proposed Mount Ashland ski area expansion.

Morris, a self-employed contractor, has received contributions of $100 or less, and also donations of $150 from Steve Shapiro, $200 from Dennis Powers and $500 from Lithia Motors Inc. Chief Executive Officer Sid DeBoer.

In Ashland's second race for City Council, Southern Oregon University business professor Dennis Slattery's campaign has brought in $2,695 and spent $1,747, according to a Tuesday check of state records.

His opponent, semi-retired attorney and judge pro tem Bruce Harrell, said he is not planning to spend more than $350. Candidates who spend under $350 do not have to report their contributions and expenditures to the state.

To view more information on contributions and expenditures, or to see updates, visit https://secure.sos.state.or.us/orestar/jsp/MainPage.jsp.

— Ashland Daily Tidings

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