February 20, 2011 8:46 AM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • Four City Council candidates raised more than $38,000 in the weeks surrounding the November election, according to campaign finance forms recently filed with the city clerk.

Challenger Rob Kurth brought in the most money in his failed bid for a seat, having raised $37,117 in 2010. That included a $2,500 donation four days before the election from Progress Victorville, the political action committee with ties to Newport Beach developer Inland Energy.

Councilman Jim Kennedy took in $13,497 in the final weeks, bringing his 2010 total to $28,242. That included $6,500 in loans from his wife, $2,500 from Mojave Water Agency board member Mike Page and $2,000 from Desert Valley Medical Group. Kennedy also received $1,249 total from former Councilman Terry Caldwell, including a $999 donation made two days after the election.

Michelle Medina did not file a final campaign disclosure statement, according to the City Clerk’s office. But Councilman Mike Rothschild’s form showed he gave Medina $2,000 last year, in a move many say was aimed at splitting the vote against Councilwoman Angela Valles.

Valles raised $7,236 just before and immediately following the election, bringing her 2010 total to $26,747. Last minute donations included $3,000 from developer Dan Tate, who vowed to make sure Caldwell wasn’t reelected, and $1,500 from Apple Valley Councilman Rick Roelle, whom she’s currently dating. She also received $1,250 from Lamar Cos., $250 from Mayor Ryan McEachron and $750 from his father, Ross McEachron.

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