The smaller-than-normal list of council contenders is translating to a generally inexpensive November campaign season.
Reports filed this week by candidates in Palm Springs and Desert Hot Springs show only two people — Palm Springs Councilwoman Ginny Foat and Desert Hot Springs challenger Joe McKee – have raised more than $20,000 for the Nov. 5 showdowns.
Here’s a look at how much each candidate has raised as of Sept. 21, the cutoff for this fundraising period. The amount raised includes monetary and non-monetary contributions:
Palm Springs council race
Foat raised $25,100, spent $11,790 and has $14,030 in cash on hand.
Mayor Pro Tem Chris Mills raised $10,750, spent $5,329 and has $13,706 in cash on hand.
Challenger Judy Deertrack raised $10,665, spent $2,619 and has $7,846 in cash on hand.
Challenger Jeffrey Nichols filed a form to say he didn’t plan on raising or spending more than $1,000.
Desert Hot Springs mayoral race
Councilman Adam Sanchez raised $9,765, spent $9509 and has $256 in cash on hand.
The city clerk did not have paperwork on file for Mayor Yvonne Parks or mayoral challenger John-Paul Valdez. Forms are not late as long as they are mailed before Thursday’s deadline, but Parks told The Desert Sun today that problems with the bank meant she wouldn’t file until Monday.
Desert Hot Springs council race
Mayor Pro Tem Scott Matas raised $6,135, spent $4,746 and has $1,389 in cash on hand.
Councilwoman Jan Pye raised $8,835, spent $2,864 and has $4,031 in cash on hand.
McKee raised $26,161, spent $20,080 and has $2,640 in cash on hand.
Challenger Robert Bentley filed a form to say he didn’t plan on raising or spending more than $1,000.
For more on this story, check out Saturday’s Desert Sun.