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Eilert leads fundraising in race for Johnson County chair

Ed Eilert
Ed Eilert

Johnson County Commissioner Chairman Ed Eilert leads his rivals in raising money as he defends his post in Tuesday’s primary.

The former longtime Overland Park mayor reported raising $30,950 for the first seven months of this year.

He finished the reporting period on July 24 with about $28,000 in the bank, giving him a healthy start on the general election should he advance in Tuesday’s primary.

Some of Eilert’s biggest contributors included current Overland Park Mayor Carl Gerlach and Leawood Mayor Peggy Dunn, who each kicked in $500. Other $500 contributors included the Homebuilders Association and the law firm Lathrop & Gage.

Johnson County Commissioner Ed Peterson has raised about $17,000 this year in the race to unseat Eilert as the commission’s chairman.

Peterson started the year with $21,297 on hand. While he has outspent Eilert, he ended the reporting period with only about $5,300 left.

High-profile contributors to Peterson included $100 from former Shawnee Mission Superintendent Gene Johnson, $200 from former Democratic state legislator Carol Sader and $500 from Deffenbaugh Industries.

Former state lawmaker and congressional candidate Patricia Lightner reported raising about $12,100 for the race. About $9,200 of that came from loans to the campaign made by Lightner and her husband.

Lightner reported having about $2,400 on hand at the end of the reporting period.

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