Port Orchard council contest turn into a big money race

Editor's Note: Wet Apple Media states that candidate Amy Igloi-Matsuno has paid for all services to this date, and has supplied a photocopy of a $5,075 check as proof.

This week’s campaign filings for the Port Orchard City Council race between incumbent Fred Chang and and challenger Amy Igloi-Matsuno show a considerable funding disparity between the two candidates.

The most recent reports show that Chang has raised $7,886 and spent $4,144.

Matsuno reported raising $19,290 and spending $11,563.

Of this, $6,950 is from individual contributors.

Igloi-Matsuno herself, along with her husband, have contributed $9,700 — the largest share of the campaign chest.

By law, $4,700 of this money can be characterized as a loan, and can be paid back by future campaign contributions.

The remainder cannot be paid back to Igloi-Matsuno directly, although money she collects can be used to run for the same office in future elections.

Igloi-Matsuno said that she was comfortable contributing to the campaign and was not bothered by what could be perceived as the lack of a level playing field.

She said that Chang could even things up by contributing his own money to his campaign.

“I’m not going to apologize for using my own money for the campaign,” she said. “Fred can use his own money for his campaign if he wants.”

Chang said he had no intention to do so, adding, “I’m not sure that a campaign for Port Orchard City Council should cost this much.”

Chang said Igloi-Matsuno has “outspent me on signs three-to-one.”

He also mentioned a bill* from Wet Apple Media, wondering if it would be paid, or reversed as an “in-kind” contribution.

Wet Apple is owned by Port Orchard Mayor Lary Coppola and his wife Dee Coppola, although the mayor is not currently involved in the company’s operation.

The mayor has repeatedly declared neutrality in the race, while Dee Coppola is listed on Igloi-Matsuno’s Web site as a supporter.

The mayor, however, has stated the company intends to bill Igloi-Matsuno in full, and expects the bills will be paid.

The second contested city council race also has a wide financial disparity, although on a smaller scale.

Incumbent Carolyn Powers, who intended to spend less than $5,000 on her campaign, crossed that threshold last month.

Powers said she received contributions that exceeded that amount, and then submitted reports from data she had kept since the beginning of the campaign.

Her opponent, challenger Cindy Lucarelli, claims to have spent around $2,000 on her campaign, but is not required to file any reports as long as she spends less than $5,000.

Lucarelli does not expect to raise or spend much more.

“My campaign is very different than other candidates,” she said. “I do most of the work myself.”

Powers said she only paid attention to her own finances, and that “each candidate should run their campaign however they see fit.”

*the story's original version stated an amount for this bill, which was incorrect.

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