Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Mayor's Fund Tops $330,000 in 2013 ; Expects He'll Seek 2nd Term

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Mayor's Fund Tops $330,000 in 2013 ; Expects He'll Seek 2nd Term

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Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke's campaign fund took in more than $330,000 in 2013 even though his assumed reelection bid doesn't occur until 2015. Winnecke's campaign finance report for the year, filed with the Vanderburgh County Clerk, shows $156,386 on hand. The Republican mayor drew heavily from local and state business interests, traditional Republican donors and several of his appointed city government department heads.

He also received some support from organized labor groups, who backed his efforts to build a convention hotel in Downtown Evansville and modernize water meters through a contract with Johnson Controls, Inc.

Winnecke received $6,000 from Old National Bank's fund; $5,000 from a Vectren Employees Federal fund; $11,000 from Indianapolis- based DPBG fund, whose stated purpose is supporting "pro-growth, pro-business candidates" and contributions of at least $10,000 each from two Indianapolis engineering firms and two Indianapolis law firms.

Among individuals, the mayor's largest contributor in 2013 was City Attorney Ted Ziemer Jr. at $13,792.

Winnecke on Wednesday said he has "every expectation" of seeking a second term as mayor in 2015, and he's pleased with where his campaign fund stands. He said he conducts three fundraisers per year, and his campaign donors "by and large appreciate the policy and style we've implemented as an administration."

City Council President John Friend is the only Democrat publicly showing high interest in the 2015 mayoral race. Friend said he did not actively raise money for his own political fund in 2013 - it shows only $222 on hand. He said he was involved in raising money for the Vanderburgh County Democratic Party.

"I've been fortunate. I have a good base of organizations I can go to," said Friend, who is forming a committee to evaluate a potential mayoral candidacy. …

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