Candidates seeking four Sun Prairie aldermanic offices raised roughly $11,664 for the campaign filing period that ended Monday March 25, according to figures provided by the candidates to the Sun Prairie City Clerk’s Office.
The most money was raised in the campaign for District 2 Alderman, where contributors gave $4,686.86 to challenger Andrea Gage and $3,505 to incumbent Steve Villand.
Of Gage’s 68 donors who gave a total of $4,686.86, just 20 came from the Sun Prairie ZIP Code.
Among Gage’s donors were former Wisconsin Secretary of State candidate and current One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross ($100) of Madison; Dane County Supervisor Tim Kiefer ($50) of Madison; Jim Sullivan of Wauwatosa ($100); State Senator Mark Miller ($35) of Monona; Milton resident and Firefighters Local 311 President Joe Conway Jr. ($32); State Rep. Chris Taylor of Madison ($100);
Alexandria, Va. resident Alex Gage, CEO of TargetPoint Consulting ($250); former state representative and Milwaukee resident Jason Fields, founding principle of Milwaukee-based government relations firm GlobalEx LLC ($250); Henry Gage, senior sales representative for New Haven Companies and Elk Grove Village, Ill. resident ($250); Milwaukee resident Jennifer Olenchek, director of data and analytics for Planned Parenthood ($150) and Dane County Supervisor Melissa Sargent ($25) of Madison.
Gage’s 53590 donors included Dane County Supervisor and campaign treasurer Nick Zweifel ($110) of Sun Prairie; former District 1 aldermanic candidate Tiffany Keogh ($25); former Dane County Supervisor and owner of Salvatore’s Tomato Pies, Patrick DePula ($150, labeled as “in-kind event expenses”); and former Sun Prairie Education Association President Glenn Schmidt ($25).
Gage received $296.86 from political committees including Friends of Thad Nation ($50) in Shorewood; Wisconsin Progress Political Action Committee ($46.86) in Madison and $200 from the American Federation for State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) People.
Gage also loaned her campaign $100, according to her disclosure documents, and recorded $2,481.05 in disbursements, including a $603.26 consulting fee to Brittani Garner of Madison; two receipts totaling $1,068.65 to Wells Print and Digital of Madison; two receipts totaling $218.95 for an “event expense” at Brocach Irish Pub in Madison; as well as a $38 subscription for a Hometown News Group newspaper. Garner lists her occupation on the social media site LinkedIn as “Finance Director at Joe Parisi for Dane County Executive.”
Villand’s total included $3,505 from 35 donors, including 27 from the 53590 ZIP Code. Villand’s campaign total included a $500 loan from himself to the campaign.
Among Villand’s non-Sun Prairie donors were Dodgeville resident and local developer Ron Fedler ($250); Lake Mills real estate professional Dan Schmidt ($250); real estate professional Raymond Cary of Chicago ($250); DeForest developer Don Tierney ($100); “Realtors Direct Giver” of Madison ($50); Madison builder Jeff Rosenberg ($50) from Veridian Homes; former Dane County Supervisor and current Wisconsin Counties Association employee Mike Blaska ($25); and Madison attorney Mike Lawton ($75).
Sun Prairie donors to Villand’s campaign included Sentry Foods owner Terry Pederson ($100); District 3 Alderman Zach Weber ($120); Water scientist/microbiologist Al Degnan ($150); retired businessman Paul Swalve ($100); District 4 Alderman Mike Kostelnik ($100); Matt Harms, owner of Harms Insurance Group ($100); retired developer Larry Jacobsen ($100); retired businessman Gene Schey ($50); District 2 Alderman Jon Freund ($50) and District 1 Alders Hariah Hutkowski and Russ Fassbender ($50 each); and Supervisor Bill Clausius ($50).
Villand also received $200 from the Friends of Al Hoffmann Campaign Committee.
Villand listed $1,529.40 in disbursements included $522.23 to Hometown News Group for 3,000 printed postcards; $263.75 to Quality Signs for reflective stickers for yard signs; and $109.93 to UPS Store in Sun Prairie for printing a donation solicitation letter. Villand also encumbered a $343.69 expense for envelopes, mailing labels and stamps purchased from UPS Store in Sun Prairie.
Both Dave Carlson and Trish Schaefer are seeking the current District 4 Alderman seat being left open by Kostelnik, who opted not to seek a second term.
Schaefer’s total receipts of $750 included three Sun Prairie donors and one non-Sun Prairie donor. Verona resident Scott Grabins of Epic Systems in Verona contributed $250, while campaign treasurer Clausius ($50); Legal Shield’s Steve Schwartzer ($100) and Wisconsin Realtors Association Director of Political and Governmental Affairs Joe Murray ($100) rounded out her individual donors.
Schaefer received $250 in contributions from other committees, including $50 from Hutkowski for Alderman and $200 from the Madison Area Builders Association Political Action Committee.
Among the $778.56 in disbursements were expenses listed by Schaefer on her campaign statement that included $519.85 to Signs by Tomorrow for campaign signs; $150 to Hometown News Group for advertising and $250 to Grabins for designing her campaign website.
Carlson reported $2,355.98 in donations and $1,031 in disbursements, including $117.15 in contributions to other committees.
Of Carlson’s 41 donors, 30 of them were from the 53590 ZIP Code. Notable non-Sun Prairie donors included State Senator Mark Miller ($35); retired Wisconsin Alliance of Cities executive director Ed Huck ($25); Conway ($32); and Sargent (listed incorrectly as having a Sun Prairie address but with a $25 donation).
Carlson’s notable Sun Prairie donors included Zweifel ($100); DePula ($150) and Madison Firefighter Dan Storley ($100). Carlson listed himself as donating $445.98 to his campaign.
Carlson received $367.15 from other political committees, including $50 from Friends of Andy Heidt; $200 from AFSCME-People; and three contributions totaling $117.20 from “Wisconsin Progress,” which identifies itself as “a state-based candidate recruitment and training program responding to the need for progressive candidates to run at local and state levels every single election cycle.” Its website does not identify its funding sources.
Carlson’s disbursements included $300.19 to Go Daddy for a campaign website; $283.69 to Wells Print & Digital for door card printing; $145.79 to the Democrat Party of Wisconsin for a voter list; and $150 to Salvatore’s Tomato Pies for campaign event expenses.