City Council candidates have so far reached deeply into their own pockets to fund their campaigns, according to candidate finance statements released last week.
The biggest self-borrower: Larry Gilbert has loaned his campaign $6,450. He has vowed not to take contributions.
Personal loans accounted for more than half of the campaign war chests reported by five of the seven candidates running for three open council seats in the November city election. Only Mayor Susan Withrow is seeking reelection.
None of the $2,201 raised by Withrow came from her personal assets, although she loaned her campaign about $40,000 in 1990. Tom Potocki loaned himself $2,871 of the $6,381 in his campaign bank account.
Sherri Butterfield wrote checks totaling $5,531 of her $6,052 campaign balance. Larry Smith lent his campaign $3,000 of the $3,300 he has raised. Karen Irvine reported $1,003 of her $1,353 campaign total came from her husband, Bill Irvine. The entire $1,950 raised by Neil Lonzinger came from a self-loan.