Padilla leads money race in QC council campaign

Queen Creek Town Council candidate Travis Padilla is winning the money race in the early stages of the campaign.

Campaigning financial statements filed last month for the first quarter of 2022 show Padilla has raised $33,949 in three months.

Padilla is one of five candidates seeking two seats on the council. Councilwoman Julia Wheatley is running unopposed to fill the third seat as mayor.

Here’s a look at all the candidates’ reports.

Travis Padilla

Total raised: $33,949

Spent: $2,150

Padilla received contributions from developers, according to the report. Queen Creek “land developer/homemaker” Tim and Audra Campbell donated $5,000 and Lonnie and Debbie McCleve donated $10,000. Another $15,000 was a personal loan Padilla made to his campaign while the remainder comprised small contributions except for $500 from the Citizens for Queen Creek political action committee.

Julia Wheatley

Total raised: $324

Wheatley has no total receipts or disbursements.

Lamar Keener

Total raised: $5,220

Total spent: $855

Keener carried over $4,886 from the fourth quarter of 2021 and received $220. His campaign disbursements were spent on sample signs, printing and web development.

Dawn Oliphant

Total raised: $2,300

Spent: 0

Incumbent Councilwoman Oliphant, who is running for re-election, reported receiving $1,000 from the Queen Creek Firefighters PAC, $100 from her own personal money, $200 from Scottsdale attorney Lindsay Schube and $250 each from four other lawyers: Ralph Pew, Sean Lake and Reese Anderson, all of Mesa, and Carolyn Oberholtzer of Scottsdale.

Bryan McClure

Total raised: $1,000

Spent: 0

McClure reported a sole donation of $1,000 donated from the Queen Creek Firefighters PAC.

Matt McWilliams

Total raised: 0

McWilliams reported no contributions or spending.

Of the Queen Creek political action committees that filed quarterly reports last month, the Firefighters PAC started the year with $21,896 and raised another $2,004. Of that it made only the contributions to McClure and Oliphant.

Citizens for Queen Creek did not file a quarterly report, but it’s last report for 2021 showed a balance of $2,671 with no disbursements or contributions.