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Encinitas campaign contributions filed

Recently filed financial documents show campaign contributions for the mayoral race and one open council seat.

Catherine Blakespear, who’s vying for the council seat, has raised the most of any candidate so far, with contributions totaling $24,708.

Blakespear Law Offices gave $5,253 to her campaign, her largest contribution.

Julie Graboi, the other council candidate, received $3,148 during the same period.

The campaign documents, which were due July 31, list contributions from the beginning of the year to June 30.

Current Mayor Kristin Gaspar, who is running for mayor, reported $8,093 in contributions during the period: $2,997 from businesses and individuals; a $5,000 loan from herself; and $96 in non-monetary contributions.

Additionally, in 2013 Gaspar received $8,528 in contributions.

Deputy Mayor Tony Kranz, who pulled candidacy papers for mayor July 15, confirmed he’s yet to begin fundraising.

“I’m kicking off fundraising soon,” Kranz said.

Mayor candidate Alex Fidel reported $53 during the 2014 period and $260 in 2013.

Two other residents who have pulled papers for mayor have yet to receive contributions, according to paperwork.

Local elected officials have contributed to the campaigns.

Esther Sanchez, Oceanside’s deputy mayor, gave $250 to Graboi.

Blakespear received $250 from Encinitas Councilwoman Teresa Barth and $250 from Encinitas Councilwoman Lisa Shaffer.

Last year, Councilman Mark Muir gave $250 to Gaspar and former Mayor Jerome Stocks contributed $250 to her campaign.

More candidates could enter the race.

The filing period started July 14. Paperwork to qualify for the election must be turned in by Aug. 8 for the mayor position and Aug. 13 for council.


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