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Have candidates for the special county council race raised any money yet?

It’s after Memorial Day and it’s just two months away from the August primary, so let’s check in on who’s giving money in the special election for Clark County Council.

These off-year elections sometimes draw limited interest from voters. So far, donors have also shown limited interest in the race between Republican county Councilor Gary Medvigy and Democratic challenger Adrian Cortes. But filings show that Medvigy has more campaign signs than his opponent.

The most recent filings with the state Public Disclosure Commission show that Cortes, a member of the nonpartisan Battle Ground City Council, has a total of $3,360 on hand. Of that, $1,050 he lent to his campaign. The rest remaining $1,300 has come from small donations, the largest of which was $500 from Ken Root of Battle Ground.

Among notable donations include $50 from Chuck Green, who ran unsuccessfully in 2015 as a Democrat against Republican Julie Olson for county council. He received another $50 from Betty Sue Morris, a former Democratic commissioner under the county’s old form of government.

Medvigy, who was appointed to the council in January to fill a vacancy, has raised a total of $9,100. A retired Army general and California Superior Court Judge, he lent his campaign $6,000. He’s raised $3,100 from a handful of donors. The largest donation was $2,000 from developer Clyde Holland who donates extensively to GOP causes.

So how’s that money been spent? Medvigy has spent nearly $5,000 on signs, a company to manage his campaign and a website. Cortes has spent $843 on campaign donation envelopes, website development and campaign graphics.