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City releases initial campaign finance forms

South Lake Tahoe City Council candidate Austin Sass has taken an earlier lead in the five-person race for the council, at least as far as campaign contributions go.

Contributions to Sass' campaign are nearly double what the next closest candidate has received, according to preliminary campaign finance disclosures in the race.

City Clerk Susan Alessi released the filings Monday. The forms cover campaign donations received by candidates from July 1 to Sept. 30.

Sass has raised $12,088 in contributions so far, while incumbent candidate Bruce Grego has received $6,122, according to the documents. Candidate and City Councilman Hal Cole has accepted $4,092 in donations, while also contributing $2,000 of his own money to his re-election bid, according to the disclosure forms.

Major donations to Austin Sass' campaign include $5,000 from South Lake Tahoe Lodging Association, $3,000 from South Tahoe Alliance of Resorts and $1,500 from the Reno-based Park Political Action Committee, according to the filing. The document also shows the Globin Building as contributing $500 to the campaign.

Grego has accepted $800 from retired South Lake Tahoe resident Otto Ehrler, as well as $500 each from apartment owner Diane A. Watson, restaurant owner Russell Penn, Stardust Tahoe Rainbow Management, Stardust Vacation Club, Americana Vacation Resorts, Americana Vacation Club, Tahoe Coins and Collectibles' Stanley L. Griffeth and South Lake Tahoe property owner and contractor Mike McKeen, according to the finance statements. The filings show Grego has contributed $100 to his own campaign.

Cole's preliminary filing shows he has accepted $1,000 from businessman George McCall, $500 from Suzanne Brock and $250 each from South Lake Tahoe physician Steven Leman and Infinity Investments.

Candidate JoAnn Conner has received $979 in contributions, including $500 from McKeen and $100 from Tahoe Wellness Collective operator Cody Bass.

Clinton Schue was not required to file the forms because he has yet to raise $1,000 in contributions, Alessi said in an email. Conner voluntarily provided the disclosure form, Alessi said.

A second pre-election campaign disclosure form from candidates, covering Oct. 1 through Oct. 20, is due Oct. 25.

Five candidates are competing for two seats on the council. The two candidates who receive the most votes on Nov. 6 will win the seats.


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