Multiple notable political names and local companies contributed to Manhattan City Commission campaign funds this election cycle.
Full reports of candidate donations can be found HERE.
Mark Hatesohl is leading the fundraising race through October 24 — dating back to July 26 — with $15,214. Among those organizations contributing to the Hatesohl campaign are Anderson Knight Architects ($500), Shilling Construction Company ($250), C&W Insurance ($500), Chen Properties LLC ($100) and Landlords of Manhattan ($300). Personal donations came in from State Representative Tom Philips ($250), Riley County Commissioner John Ford ($100), Phillip Howe of KS State Bank ($500), Roger Sink of Sink, Gordon & Associates ($500), Riley County Attorney Barry Wilkerson ($100), former Chamber President and CEO Lyle Butler ($100) and Wayne Sloan of the Manhattan Chamber and BHS Construction ($250).
Incumbent Commissioner Linda Morse followed in second place with $8,500. Organizational donations came in to the Morse campaign from the Lloyd Shaw Foundation ($100) and Landlords of Manhattan ($200). Morse also drew in contributions from political figures such as State Senator Tom Hawk ($50), State Representative Sydney Carlin ($100), former Senate Majority Leader Lana Oleen ($50), former Manhattan Mayor Karen McCullough ($100) and former Governor John Carlin ($100). She also received donations from Howe ($500), Lyle Butler ($100) and Wayne and Cindy Sloan ($250).
Sarah Siders had brought in $7,543 through October 24, receiving donations from organizations like 502 Media ($145.35), Bayer Construction ($250), R.M. Baril General Contractor ($100), Commerce Bank ($100), 400 North Creative ($193.90) and Seaton, Seaton & Dierks LLP ($100). Current Mayor Mike Dodson contributed to Siders ($200) alongside Lyle Butler ($100), Rich Seidler ($100), Kent Glasscock of the KSU Research Foundation ($250) and Mary Vanier ($500).
Aaron Estabrook collected $6,650, with multiple names related to Greg Orman. Orman himself donated $500, as did Sybil Orman. Two Orman-related organizations provided $500 a piece (GMG Real Estate LLC and Exemplar Fund 1 LLC). He also drew in a donation from AES Project Solutions of Olathe ($500) and American Property Services LLC ($50). Other donations came in from Mayor Pro Tempore Usha Reddi ($100) and State Senator Hawk ($50) as well as former Governor Carlin ($100). He also received funds from Craig Bowser of SAVE Farms ($250).
Mary Renee Shirk reported a collection of $1,840. She accepted a $300 donation from Landlords of Manhattan. The largest personal donations on her report came from Jeremiah Shirk ($500) and Jared May ($250).
Maureen Sheahan raised $1,475 in contributions, noting $100 from TaxesPlus. She also drew in $50 from former Mayor McCullough and $25 from USD383 School Board member Katrina Lewison.
Kaleb James raised $625, with donations coming from Riley County Commissioner John Ford ($100), John and Judy Ball ($50), and former Democratic candidate for Pottawatomie County Commission Sage TeBeest ($50).
Vincent Tracey raised no money in the period from July 26 through October 24 period.
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