Langfelder campaign gets $10,000
Contributions lag on both sides
Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder has reported receiving $10,000 in contributions for his reelection campaign, with $7,500 coming from Carol Zerkle, wife of corporation counsel Jim Zerkle, and businesses owned by the city’s lawyer.
Four contributions, all in $2,500 increments, were received Monday, according to records at the Illinois State Board of Elections. Besides Carol Zerkle, the four contributions came from Iles Properties and Near North Cross, both commercial real estate entities owned by Zerkle, and Artisan Business Group, a business and consulting firm.
The contributions represent a major cash influx into a mayoral race that, so far, has lagged behind fundraising efforts four years ago, when Langfelder collected more than $161,000 in contributions between the primary election and the general election. Langfelder in 2015 defeated Paul Palazzolo, who is now Sangamon County circuit clerk.
State records show that Langfelder has raised slightly more than $90,000 for his reelection campaign, an amount that doesn’t include contributions of less than $1,000 that have been made since Jan. 1. Frank Edwards, the challenger, has raised slightly less than $74,000, not including contributions of less than $1,000 that have been made since Jan. 1.
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