Jon “JT ” thompson, sedona City council

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Campaign Finance Reports Make Fascinating Reading

19 Jul 2022 2:22 PM | Jon Thompson (Administrator)

The second quarter financial reports are out. Last Friday was the deadline for every candidate for Mayor or Council whose campaign has raised and/or spent more than $500 for the upcoming election to file a detailed report of their financial activity through June 30th. If you haven't already looked at them on the city's website, I highly recommend that you do so. And be prepared for some surprises.

The total amounts raised is likely the highest of any local Sedona election to date (if any of you long-term residents know of an election that was higher, let me know and I'll update this online article). But the stunning numbers are just the start of the story. Because the forms for the financial statements categorize donations in a variety of ways, you can see where a candidate is supported by out-of-state funds and, among other things, whether donations are made in cash, as loans, or as in-kind gifts of goods or services. And the names of donors are listed for amounts over $100; in a relatively small city like ours, spotting names you recognize can be another helpful way to determine the makeup of a candidate's base of support.

For your convenience, I've listed the candidates below, with the amount of total receipts they have claimed for this election cycle, through June 30th. Click on any name to retrieve the full report from the city's website. Or you can open them from the website itself, here.


$51,611 Samaire Armstrong
$21,845 Scott Jablow
$  8,000 Kurt Gehlbach
$  7,514 Sandy Moriarty


$15,425 Pete Furman
$  5,245 Jennifer Strait
$  4,900 Melissa Dunn
$  2,160 Brian Fultz
$  1,347 Scott Moffatt

[Note: There is no report for me because I have chosen not to accept donations and have kept my campaign spending under the $500 reporting limit. I explain my reasoning on my website's DON'TNATE page.]

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I ask for your support, but not your cash. I'd rather stand on my record than sit on a war chest. Please spread the word, not spend your wad. No financial support is worth as much as just telling your friends:

Vote for “JT”—Positively.

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