Candidates disclose campaign earnings; Flock drops out of race

CARLSBAD — The field for two seats on the City Council got smaller on Monday.

Brian Flock, a realtor, withdrew his named from the race this week, which he announced in a post on Facebook.

Flock said the lack of campaign contribution limits and crowded field this year are the reasons for dropping out.

Flock said, “many experts believe” candidates must raise at least $100,000 to compete, while the lack of contribution limits makes for a “highly biased system.”

“Although I believe a win is possible with less than $100,000, clearly something is out of balance with Carlsbad politics,” he said. “I hope that the City Council will consider campaign finance limits for all future elections. I will continue to speak out on this subject in the future.”

Meanwhile, Monday was also the deadline for candidates to submit their campaign disclosure statements, otherwise known as Form 460. The form details contributions, expenditures and ending cash balance.

Incumbent Keith Blackburn has the largest war chest by more than $100,000 over his closest competitor.

He raised $13,932.80 from Jan. 1 through June 30, spent $3,564.60 and, including the money from his 2012 campaign, and has an ending cash balance of $132,336.66.

Fellow incumbent Lorraine Wood took in $18,148.91 over the same period, but had $6,8181.52 in expenditures. Her ending cash balance is $23,724.96, according to her campaign statement after money held over from her 2012 campaign was applied.

Bill Fowler raised $14,137, according to his campaign disclosure statement. He spent $1,570 and has an ending cash balance of $12,567.

However, most of Fowler’s campaign funds came from a $10,000 loan to himself and his largest donation is $250 from the Democratic Club of Carlsbad and Oceanside.

Ann Tanner, the former Carlsbad Unified School District trustee, had just $50 in the form of a loan to herself, her statement read.

Burkholder, meanwhile, received $2,100 in contributions and has yet to make an expenditure, according to her statement. She is supported by councilman Mark Packard, who donated $100 to her campaign.

Cori Schumacher raised $24,737.22, had $5,249.99 in expenditures for a $19,708.23 ending cash balance.

Flock’s criticism’s, meanwhile, of unlimited campaign contributions is notable for several candidates. Flock said those rules are biased toward the “establishment, special interests and the wealthy.”

For example, only three candidates to date — Blackburn, Wood and Schumacher — have individuals, a political action committee (PAC) or business, donate more than $1,000 to a specific campaign.

Blackburn received $3,000 from The California Real Estate PAC on April 5, while Carlsbad resident and Carlsbad Strawberry Company owner Jimmy Ikegawa donated $1,250, including $1,000 on Feb. 5, according to Blackburn’s campaign disclosure statement.

Other Blackburn donors over $1,000 include the Carlsbad Research Center Association ($1,500) and Ronnie Ferguson ($1,000).

Wood’s largest donations were $2,000 from Michael Totah, owner of The Wheel Inc., $1,500 from the Carlsbad Research Center Association and $1,000 from the Black Family Trust of Arthur or Victoria Black.

Schumacher largest donors include Donna Bower ($6,000), Marcel Verdugo ($2,000), Laura Drelleshak ($1,129), Lisa McKethan ($1,099.15) and Hope Nelson, Victoria Syage and Cynthia Conner, who each gave $1,000.

Tanner, meanwhile, tweeted this week that an unidentified donor will match every dollar donated to her campaign up to $10,000 through Aug. 17.

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