SIOUX CITY | Incumbent City Council candidates Dan Moore and Alex Watters led the field of nine council hopefuls in both fundraising and spending leading up to Tuesday's primary election, according to documents filed with the state.

Moore, Watters and fellow incumbent Pete Groetken were the only candidates who were required to file reports with the Iowa Ethics & Campaign Disclosure Board by the Oct. 5 deadline. Under state law, candidates for public office are required to file reports if they raise or spend at least $1,000 during the reporting period. 

The three incumbents were the top three vote-getters in Tuesday's primary, advancing to the Nov. 7 general election along with challengers Denny Quinn, Doug Waples and Jake Jungers. Three other candidates on the ballot Tuesday did not qualify for the general election, where three seats will be up for election.

Moore raised the most, listing $6,505 in contributions. Watters followed close behind with $6,210.

Groetken reported a balance of $2,112.42 for the start of the period, although those funds were carried over from his 2013 council campaign. Moore, who is also pursuing his second council term, did not report any carryover balance. 

Moore spent the most on his campaign in the weeks leading up to the primary, reporting $2,082.32 in expenditures, according to the report. Watters spent $1,873.07, and Groetken spent $415.05.

All contributions came from individuals or families with the exception of $1,000 donations awarded to both Moore and Watters from the Sioux City Professional Firefighters Association Local No. 7. 

Other large donations included $1,000 contributions by both Dave Bernstein and Louis Weinberg to Watters' campaign and a $1,000 contribution to Moore's campaign from Ritch LeGrand.

Moore also received $500 donations from Sioux City residents Jim and Bev Wharton, George Madsen, and Magnhild Madsen, as well as a $400 contribution from the Irving Jensen Trust. 

Watters received listed contributions from a trio of Democratic elected officials, among them a $50 donation from state Rep. Chris Hall and a $75 donation from state Rep. Tim Kacena. He received a pair of $100 donations from Marty Pottebaum, the lone Democrat on the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors. 

Sioux City Council seats are elected at-large and are officially nonpartisan. 


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