Fundraising continues for Lynnwood City Council, mayoral election hopefuls

  Lynnwood as of 06-08-2021
Name Office Raised Spent Raising $5000 or more * Breakdown  of Contributions/Spending
Frizzell, Christine Mayor $13,576.00 $3,416.71 Yes Click for Details
Hurst, George Mayor $5,648.70 $5.080.65 Yes Click for Details
Smith, James Mayor 0 0 Yes Click for Details
Coelho, Nick City Council Pos 1 $5,620.00 $1,115.42 Yes Click for Details
Eck, Chris City Council Pos 1 0 0 Yes Click for Details
Sutton, Shirley City Council Pos 1 0 0 No Click for Details
Decker, Patrick City Council Pos 2 0 0 No Click for Details
Lashgari, Naz City Council Pos 2 N/A N/A No Click for Details
Gough, Don** City Council Pos 2 0 0 N/A Click for Details
Binda, Josh City Council Pos 3 $13,180.09 $8,868.50 Yes Click for Details
Rutherford, James** City Council Pos 3 0 0 N/A Click for Details
Utter, Lisa City Council Pos 3 0 0 Yes Click for Details


This bar chart from the PDC provides a visual comparison of contributions and expenditures by candidates running for Mayor of Lynnwood.
This bar chart from the PDC provides a visual comparison of contributions and expenditures by candidates running for Lynnwood City Council.

Updated June 9 to clarify Chris Eck’s fundraising intentions.

Fundraising continues for many candidates seeking public office in Lynnwood this year. This report brings you up to date and allows you to “follow the money” on the various candidates’ campaign finances.

In Lynnwood, three candidates have filed for mayor: Christine Frizzell, George Hurst, and Jim Smith. Voters will have the chance to choose between these three in the upcoming Aug. 3 primary, where the top two vote-getters will advance to the November general election.

All the three open Lynnwood City Council positions are being sought by more than two candidates, ensuring Lynnwood voters will see a full primary ballot in August. For additional details on these and other local races (for example, School District, South County Fire) see our May 21 article here.

Early fundraising in the mayoral race shows Christine Frizzell continuing to build her war chest, which now tops $13,000, more than twice that of opponent George Hurst.  Jim Smith has yet to declare any financial activity, but has indicated that he plans to raise more than $5,000 in this race.

In the three-way race for Council Position 1, Nick Coelho remains the only candidate to report fundraising activity to date.  While his two challengers — former Councilmember Shirley Sutton and Chris Eck – have both filed with the PDC, so far neither has reported any donations or expenditures.  Eck has indicated that she will raise more than $5,000 in donations, while Sutton says she will not.

While none of the three Position 2 candidates has reported fundraising activity, Position 3 hopeful Josh Binda has amassed more than $13,000. Of his two Position 3 opponents, Lisa Utter has indicated that she plans to raise more than $5,000, and James Rutherford has yet to file with the PDC.

Note that the Washington State Public Disclosure laws do not require that all candidates file campaign financial records. According to the law, only those candidates who spent more than $5,000 on a prior campaign or expect to spend $5,000 on the current campaign must file campaign finance reports with the PDC. Candidates who do not meet either of these criteria are not required to file campaign financial reports, but they must still register with the PDC and file a personal financial report.

The accompanying table details the figures reported by each campaign to the PDC as of Tuesday, June 8. For readers interested in following the money in more depth, the link in the right column opens each candidate’s detailed PDC reporting page with information on individual contributors, amounts each contributed, and how the money has been spent. Information in this table comes from the Public Disclosure Commission and the Washington Secretary of State’s VoteWA web page.

To keep you, our readers, informed throughout the election cycle, look to Lynnwood Today for regular updates on campaign finances along with other election-related news.

— By Larry Vogel

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