12:11 AM PST on Wednesday, February 9, 2011

By SANDRA STOKLEY
The Press-Enterprise

Jurupa Valley city council candidate Norman Towels leads his opponents in campaign funds by virtue of $2,250 he has loaned himself, according to campaign disclosure statements released this week by the Riverside County registrar of voters.

Of the 13 candidates who filed statements with the registrar’s office, several reported that their campaigns so far are primarily self-financed.

Brian Scott Berkson Frank Johnston and Micheal Goodland reported contributions solely from supporters. Berkson also reported a $900 loan from a supporter.

John J. Chavez, Russell E. Tourville, Gilbert Calzada and A.J. Scroggins filed Forms 470 stating that they will collect less than $1,000 in contributions and spend less than $1,000 during the campaign.

On March 8, Jurupa Valley residents will vote on whether they want the unincorporated northwest Riverside County region to become a city,

The Jurupa Valley includes the communities of Mira Loma, Glen Avon, Pedley, Indian Hills, Sunnyslope, Rubidoux and Belltown.

Measure A, as it will be listed on the ballot, needs a simple majority to win.

Sixteen candidates are running for five seats on a Jurupa Valley City Council. If cityhood is approved, the top five vote-getters would be elected to the council.

Campaign disclosure forms were due Jan. 27. A second round of disclosure forms is due Feb. 24.

Berkson listed a $900 donation and a $900 loan from David Timmering, the president of TNT Sales and Marketing, a food brokerage company, and a $200 contribution from Glen L. Ludwig, the president of Ludwig Engineering.

Johnston reported a $250 donation from Lynch Advertising, $150 contribution from David Zimmerman and $100 donation from Alfonso Salazar.

Laura Roughton received $100 from Irene Salazar, $25 in unitemized contributions and loaned herself $2,000. She also reported $55.52 in nonmonetary contributions.

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