Ashland City Councilman Eric Navickas is raising more money and spending more than his challenger as he fights to hang onto his seat in the Nov. 2 election.

Ashland City Councilman Eric Navickas is raising more money and spending more than his challenger as he fights to hang onto his seat in the Nov. 2 election.

Navickas has brought in $3,382 and spent $2,187, while his opponent, Ashland Planning Commissioner Michael Morris, has received $2,935 and spent $1,378, according to a Tuesday check of state campaign spending records.

If Navickas spends all the money he has brought in, he will exceed Ashland's voluntary campaign spending limit of $3,213.25. However, candidates are able to carry campaign surpluses into future years.

There is no punishment for exceeding the voluntary limit, except that the city of Ashland will publish a newspaper notice about the spending. Morris exceeded the limit during an unsuccessful 2004 bid to unseat then City Councilwoman Cate Hartzell.

Contributions to Navickas include a $252 loan from Hartzell, a $620 loan and a $180 contribution from Rogue Group Sierra Club member Tom Dimitre, $300 from pesticide opponents Angelika and Darwin Thusius and $200 from Paul Copeland, who has expressed concerns about a proposed Mount Ashland ski area expansion.

Morris, a self-employed contractor, has received contributions of $100 or less, and also donations of $150 from Steve Shapiro, $200 from Dennis Powers and $500 from Lithia Motors Inc. Chief Executive Officer Sid DeBoer.

In Ashland's second race for City Council, Southern Oregon University business professor Dennis Slattery's campaign has brought in $2,695 and spent $1,747, according to a Tuesday check of state records.

His opponent, semi-retired attorney and judge pro tem Bruce Harrell, said he is not planning to spend more than $350. Candidates who spend under $350 do not have to report their contributions and expenditures to the state.

To view more information on contributions and expenditures, or to see updates, visit https://secure.sos.state.or.us/orestar/jsp/MainPage.jsp.

— Ashland Daily Tidings