Published: 26 July 2012 10:53 PM

Candidates seeking office in Redlands’ November elections will be asked to abide by voluntary limits on fundraising, the City Council agreed Thursday evening, July 26.

Councilman Bob Gardner sought limits on both campaign spending and fundraising, but agreed to focus on fundraising alone when other councilmen began raising questions about his proposal.

He had introduced the concept at a council meeting earlier this month, but no action was taken after his colleagues raised numerous objections and concerns.

Councilman Jerry Bean on Thursday evening repeated his objection to introducing fundraising limits, even voluntary ones, after some candidates already had begun raising money.

As of Monday, July 23, no candidate had qualified to run for the two open council seats, city treasurer or city clerk. But City Clerk Sam Irwin said two potential candidates had filed statements two months ago stating that they intended to raise money to run.

Mayor Pete Aguilar said he had written a page-long list of concerns that he had with Gardner’s initial proposal, some of which centered on ensuring that candidates have sufficient funds to defend themselves if they were to be targeted by a non-candidate campaign that had no restrictions on fundraising or spending.

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