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In week before election, Callahan and Heimuller lead money race

Self-funding by Callahan is over half of campaign cash; Heimuller supported by rail, industry


by: FILE PHOTO - Cathleen Callahan, candidate for Columbia County Circuit Court.In contested elections on the May 20 ballot for Columbia County Circuit Court and the Columbia County Board of Commissioners, attorney Cathleen Callahan and incumbent Commissioner Henry Heimuller have raised and spent significantly more money than their opponents, according to public campaign finance filings.

Records on by: FILE PHOTO - Henry Heimuller, incumbent candidate for Columbia County commissioner., an online database maintained by Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown’s office to track campaign finance information, show the Callahan campaign has raised some $36,843 this year and has $16,017 in cash on hand, as of press time Thursday, May 15.

Callahan has contributed $23,000 of her own money directly to her campaign, not including several smaller in-kind contributions she made on behalf of the campaign, ORESTAR indicates.

The money in Callahan’s campaign coffers could come in handy if she winds up as one of the top two vote-getters in the three-way race on May 20 but fails to clear 50 percent of the vote. If no candidate wins a majority, the top two will advance to the general election in November.

Callahan’s closest rival in campaign cash, appointed Judge Jean Marie Martwick, had just $588 in her campaign coffers Thursday, ORESTAR indicates. But much of the Martwick campaign’s finance activity has come in the form of in-kind contributions and expenditures, with Martwick purchasing advertising and yard signs on behalf of her campaign, the database shows.

Including the in-kind activity, the Martwick campaign had $12,321 in contributions and $13,773 in expenses this year as of Thursday. About $11,321 was made as in-kind spending.

Martwick contributed $2,000 directly to the campaign late last year, shortly after her appointment by Gov. John Kitzhaber.

The campaign of Jason Heym, the third candidate in the race for judge, has also spent more than the $6,354 it raised this year as of Thursday, according to ORESTAR. The database also shows the Heym campaign running a $3,397 deficit, due to about $4,276 in outstanding personal expenditures.

Heym’s campaign contributions include $1,000 apiece from William Goldberg and Rick Jones, partners in the Portland-based divorce law firm, Goldberg Jones, for which Heym works.

by: FILE PHOTO - Henry Heimuller, incumbent candidate for Columbia County commissioner.Big money for incumbent commissioner

In the commissioner’s race, the Heimuller campaign raised $13,059 this year and has $1,672 in cash on hand as of Thursday.

Heimuller’s major campaign contributors include well-known figures in Columbia County like state Sen. Betsy Johnson, a fellow Democrat who lives in Scappoose, and St. Helens businesswoman Diane Dillard, who is also Heimuller’s campaign treasurer. But they also include railroad companies and industry executives.

Portland & Western Inc., which owns and operates the railroad through Columbia County, contributed $1,000 toward Heimuller’s reelection this year, while executives Edward Faneuil and Eric Slifka at Global Partners LP, the Massachusetts-based energy company that freights crude oil on the P&W to a terminal near Clatskanie, donated $250 apiece. BNSF Railway Co. also contributed $500.

Another $500 came from Portland General Electric, which leases much of the Port Westward industrial park where Global’s terminal is located, and another $500 came from NW Natural lobbyist Gary Bauer’s political action committee.

Several major local companies also gave to Heimuller, including Pacific Stainless Products Inc. with a $1,000 donation and Scappoose Sand & Gravel Co. with $500.

Asked about the contributions his campaign has received from these business interests, Heimuller responded, “I would suggest that it is clear that these folks, all of them, not just the few that you have called out, might think that [they] have a very good, hard-working public servant in this position, and that they may want to see me remain there.”

He added, “If anyone expects any special favors or consideration, I suggest they contact me for a full refund of their contribution.”

Heimuller’s campaign activity dwarfed that of his only rival, Scappoose contractor Wayne Mayo. Mayo’s campaign committee, Defend America with Mayo (DAM), reported a balance deficit of $1,131 as of Thursday. The campaign has raised just $1,590 this year, ORESTAR indicates.

The Mayo campaign still carries some debt from the 2010 election cycle, when the candidate vied unsuccessfully for a seat on the Board of County Commissioners.

Most of Mayo’s campaign contributions have come in the form of contributions of $100 or less, although Sunset Auto Parts Inc. donated $500 in March.

In the course of his campaign, Mayo has staked out several positions anathema to the business interests that have rallied behind Heimuller. Among other proposals, Mayo has proposed a depletion fee on gravel mining as a means to bolster Columbia County’s declining revenues. He also sharply criticized what he called “commodity shippers who tie up the rails while not providing very many local jobs,” including Global, when asked recently for his opinion of projects to transport coal and crude oil by rail.