EDWARDSVILLE — The winning candidate in the Edwardsville mayoral race raised twice as much money in his campaign as his opponent.
County Board member Hal Patton defeated city Councilwoman Barb Stamer for mayor in last week's election by about 630 votes, according to final but unofficial tallies from the Madison County Clerk's office.
Financial statements from both campaigns have been filed this week for the first three months of 2013. They show that Patton raised nearly $34,000 in three months, while Stamer raised less than $17,000.
In the last quarter of 2012, Patton had raised another $6,335, while Stamer's committee was organized in January.
Patton's receipts totaled $33,980, with $586.33 in in-kind donations. His top single contributor was Triple Crown Partners LLC, which donated $5,000 to the campaign.
Triple Crown is owned by Corey Wenzel, the developer behind the Enclave East and West projects building off-campus apartment housing for college students. Wenzel said he thought both candidates would have done a "spectacular" job, but in the end he said he believes the right candidate won.
"Hal's a friend, and I fully supported him in the election," Wenzel said.
Other contributors to Patton's campaign who donated $1,000 or more included Dr. David Brickman, Steven Ellsworth, Dr. Steven Hyten, Mark and Carol Mestemacher, R.P. Lumber, Thiemes Construction, Michael Wenzel and Hal Patton himself.
At the end of the campaign, Patton retains $12,624 in his campaign fund.
Stamer's receipts totaled $16,825, including a $250 transfer from the fundraising committee for state Rep. Jay Hoffman and an in-kind donation of $1,327 from Gori Julian & Associates, in the form of a fundraiser at Erato's Wine Bar.
Stamer's top single contributor was Mannie Jackson, an Edwardsville native who went on to own the Harlem Globetrotters. Jackson donated $5,000 to Stamer's campaign.
Other contributors to Stamer's campaign who donated $1,000 or more included James Gorman, Ironworkers Local 392, Steven Mudge, Schoen Walton Telken & Foster, and Short & Smith.
At the end of the campaign, Stamer retains $7,771 in her campaign fund. Her documents indicate if she dissolves her committee, the remaining funds will be donated to charity.
Patton will take over next month for retiring Mayor Gary Niebur, who has been in office since 1992.
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