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Schultz, Kuhn raised roughly the same amount for school board general election

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During the general election for a seat on the Olathe school board, incumbent Kristin Schultz raised just about $300 more than the person who defeated her, newcomer Robert Kuhn. 

Olathe's, like most Kansas school board races, is not subject to the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission’s limits on campaign contributions from single donors due to their limited scope, unlike in City Council and statewide races. 

Additionally, most school board races are not subject to the commission’s deadlines for campaign finance report submissions ahead of an election. Most of these documents pertaining to the Olathe school board race were only recently made available. Candidates had to file reports by Dec. 2. 

Schultz and Kuhn were the only two candidates in the race for the Member 6 seat, which means they went straight to the general election. That means they weren’t required to submit campaign finance reports for the primary cycle. Kuhn did anyway. 

Kuhn ultimately won by more than 2,000 votes. 

SCHULTZ CONTRIBUTIONS AND EXPENSES 

Schultz reported $6,098 in campaign contributions for the general election. Most of her donations were less than $200. In October, she also received three anonymous donations, all $50 or less, totalling $125. 

Her most noteworthy donation was $100 from Connie Owen, the director of the Kansas Water Office. 

Most of Schultz’s campaign purchases were under $30, but she did spend almost $4,000 on print and other various advertising materials. 

KUHN CONTRIBUTIONS AND EXPENSES 

Kuhn entered into the general election with $1,758 left over from fundraising and spending in the primary election cycle. In the general election period, he reported $5,725 in fundraising. 

Combined with the $3,355 reported in the primary election, Kuhn raised about $9,000 through the whole election cycle. 

Republican precinct committeewoman Angie Brotz, of Olathe, donated $25 to Kuhn. 

Stephen Todd and Ryan Campbell, who both ran in the primary for another school board seat and lost, contributed $1,500 and $200 respectively. Todd also gave Kuhn $500 in the primary election. 

James Wright donated $1,500 to Kuhn’s campaign. Jason and Karen Rawlings collectively contributed $5,000. Karen Rawlings also gave Kuhn $2,000 in the primary election. 

Between September and November, Kuhn spent about $1,500 with Jack Allen for campaign consulting. He also reported spending about $2,300 on mailing resources and campaign mailers, plus an additional $2,500 with Winning Edge printing shop for campaign signs. The rest of his money went to various smaller transactions, such as $400 for palm cards and $278 for a campaign website. 

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