At least $15,000 has been spent on Rochester City Council campaigns heading into the Aug. 11 primary.

That’s a little more than half of the roughly $29,000 spent in the mayoral election at this point two years ago.

The current spending, however, doesn’t reflect reports from at least one candidate who said he submitted an update by Friday’s reporting deadline.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT

Rochester City Council At-Large candidates: Brooke Carlson, Vangie Castro, Kathleen Harrington
Rochester City Council At-Large candidates: Brooke Carlson, Vangie Castro, Kathleen Harrington


According to the latest posted on the Rochester City Clerk’s website, nearly half the spending -- $7,000 -- has been seen in the citywide council president race.

Kathleen Harrington, president of the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce, has reported spending $2,939, so far.

She’s followed by Vangie Castro, a community organizer, who has reported spending $2,470 through Friday.

Brooke Carlson, president of North Sky Health Consulting, reported spending $1,668 on her campaign.

Harrington has a slight lead in fundraising with $14,679 through July 30. The reports includes a $3,000 donation from herself, along with what appears to be the only donations of more than $100 by local elected officials -- $200 from current Council President Randy Staver and $250 from Olmsted County Commissioner Ken Brown.

Carlson reports following closely in fundraising efforts with $14,528 in campaign donations through July 27.

Castro, reports raising $3,655, which included a $500 contribution from herself.

WARD 2

Rochester City Council Ward 2 candidates: Mark Bransford, Denise Welte, Michael Wojcik (incumbent)
Rochester City Council Ward 2 candidates: Mark Bransford, Denise Welte, Michael Wojcik (incumbent)


In the only council race with an incumbent, one of two challengers appears to be outspending his opponents.

Mark Bransford, a software engineer, reports having spent $1,194, more than double the $591 in reported spending by incumbent Michael Wojcik.

Denise Welte, owner of Med-City CPR/First Aid, filed her last report on July 7, which didn’t cite any spending through that point.

Reports also indicate Bransford has the largest amount of funds available for his campaign. He’s raised $11, 239, according to reports through July 28.

Wojcik reports having raised $1,786 this year, but also started the year with $1,688 from earlier campaign donations.

Welte has reported receiving $772 so far.

WARD 4

Rochester City Council Ward 4 candidates: Abel Brito, PJ Calkins, Kelly Rae Kirkpatrick, Katrina Pulham
Rochester City Council Ward 4 candidates: Abel Brito, PJ Calkins, Kelly Rae Kirkpatrick, Katrina Pulham


Total reported campaign spending in the ward currently represented by Mark Bilderback is $2,608 in the four-way race among newcomers.

PJ Calkins, chief strategy officer at CWS Inc., leads the reported spending with $933, followed by Kelly Rae Kirkpatrick, owner of a landscape design company, who reports spending $741.

Abel Brito, a Home Choice sales manager, is a close second in reported spending with $479.

Katrina Pulham, co-owner of Air Insanity Indoor Trampoline Park, has reported nearly $454 in spending through Friday.

When it comes to campaign donations, Kirkpatrick is leading the Ward 4 pack with $3,741 raised through Friday. The amount reported includes $286 from herself.

Calkins follows with $2,165 in donations reported through July 28.

Pulham has reported $1,550 in donations, which includes $600 from herself, and Brito appears to be self-funding his campaign.

WARD 6

Rochester City Council Ward 6 candidates: Donavan Bailey, Molly Dennis, David Diercks, Todd Pisarski, Thomas M. Rigby, Craig Ugland
Rochester City Council Ward 6 candidates: Donavan Bailey, Molly Dennis, David Diercks, Todd Pisarski, Thomas M. Rigby, Craig Ugland


The six-way race for the seat currently held by Annalissa Johnson has seen the most spending of the three ward races, with $3,882 reported so far.

Molly Dennis, a special education paraprofessional, leads the way in spending and fundraising, according to her reports through July 28. She has reported spending $1,318 with $2,028 raised.

Todd Pisarski, a certified public accountant follows in campaign spending, with $1,202 reported through July 27. However, he said his primary election campaign is fully self funded.

Tom Rigby, a retired certified public accountant, comes in third in reported spending with $884 reported through July 28 in what appears to be another self-funded campaign.

Donavan Bailey, a social worker, reports having spent $453 through Friday, with $165 in campaign donations received.

Craig Ugland, a real estate agent, reported spending $103 with $1,205 raised through June 30. A report submitted Friday afternoon is not able to be opened on the City Clerk’s website.

David Diercks, a TSA security officer, has not filed any campaign finance reports, indicating he has not spent or received $750 as a candidate.

This report will be updated as new pre-primary reports are posted.