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In the race for Salt Lake City mayor, Ralph Becker is still the big spender, throwing down $863,439 on his bid for a third term, compared with challenger Jackie Biskupski's expenditures of $536,420.
Biskupski has closed the gap recently with the help of aggressive fundraising, according to campaign finance disclosures filed Tuesday the last before the Nov. 3 election. She outraised Becker by a 2-to-1 margin since finishing well ahead in the Aug. 11 primary, taking in $330,407 compared to Becker's $174,358.
Becker has spent all but $13,512 of his campaign fund of $876,000, according to the report.
He began the campaign with about $200,000 from previous years. In 2015, he raised $676,618.
Biskupski has raised $620,978 since January. She has $84,550 remaining, according to the report.
With a week to go until Election Day, the race looks to be close. A Dan Jones & Associates poll posted last week on Utahpolicy.com had Biskupski ahead 49 percent to 44 percent. The poll of 330 likely voters has a margin of error of 5.38 percent, making the race a statistical dead heat.
Among Becker's biggest campaign donors are the family and affiliated companies of John Price, developer and former ambassador, who have given $34,800; industrialist and Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort majority owner Ian Cumming, his family and companies, who donated $27,500; and the family of Jazz owner Gail Miller $12,500.
Developers chipped in significant amounts. Dan Lofgren of Cowboy Partners gave $15,000; Dell Loy Hansen and his affiliated companies, $12,500; Bryson Garbett, $5,000; and Big D Construction, $5,000.
Among Biskupski's largest donors are the family of Don Skaggs who donated $10,000; Reagan Outdoor Advertising gave in-kind contributions of $7,500, plus much more in uncoordinated in-kind donations through a political action committee; business owner and former House Majority Leader Kevin Garn, $12,500.
Other big Biskupski donors included Hamburger Gibson Creative for $7,500; Lion Outdoor, $7,500; Woodland I-35 LP, $7,500; and former Solitude Mountain Resort owner Gary DeSeelhorst, $6,000.
In the City Council race for District 2, Van Turner reports raising zero and spending zero in his attempt to regain his former seat. His opponent, Andrew Johnston raised $6,871 and has spent $2,122, according to the campaign finance report.
In District 4, Derek Kitchen has raised $32,675 and has spent $26,640. Nate Salazar, who is opposing him, reported taking in $21,957 in donations with expenditures of $18,222.
In District 6, incumbent Councilman Charlie Luke reported donations of $41,116, while spending $29,060. His opponent, Tracey Harty, raised $13,670 and has spent $12,421.