$54K raised for PHD campaigns

Campaign contributions for the race for the three open seats on the Public Hospital District (PHD) Commission total $54,542. Jenny Ledford leads the pack with $24,010. William Hancock has $14, 825. Monica Harrington has $6,035; Michele Loftus has $4,372 and Bill Williams has $1,105.

The figures are posted on the state Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) website as of October 25, 2015. Barbara Sharp opted to use the mini-reporting option as her campaign will spend less than $5,000.

Both Ledford and Hancock have in-kind contributions listed for services from Wilson Strategic, a public relations firm in Lynnwood. This is the same firm used by PeaceHealth. Four people donated a total of $19,000 for Ledford for the services from Wilson Strategic. Six people donated $12,500 to pay for the firm's services for Hancock. (See charts at end of this article).

Ten people gave between $100 to $1,000 contributions to Ledford's campaign bringing her total including the in-kind donations to $24,010.

Four people donated between $100 to $1,000 each to Hancock. With the in-kind contributions, his total is $14,825. 

Loftus received donations from 18 people ranging from $25 to $600. She had in-kind contributions of $982 for a total of $4,372.

Harrington has $6,035 in her campaign chest.

Bill Williams received donations from nine people ranging from $20 to $100. With $600 of his own funds, his total equals $1,105.  

The Committee to elect Barbara, Bill and Monica raised $4,195 with donations from 71 people. The donations ranged from $5 to $250 each. 

The Hospital Commission has regular board meetings once a month. Each board member is paid $100 per meeting with an additional $100 for executive sessions. 


(Above) In-kind contributions to Jenny Ledford's campaign for services from Wilson Strategic.


In-kind contributions to William Hancock's campaign for services from Wilson Strategic.



  • richard grout
    richard grout Thursday, 29 October 2015 20:54 Comment Link

    It's really distressing that such undemocratic, unethical, even sleazy behavior is happening here on the island. Makes you realize that some people do not want the hospital district's business held up to the light of day.

  • Susan dehlendorf
    Susan dehlendorf Monday, 26 October 2015 08:50 Comment Link

    Looks to me like peace health, or some of its "don't dare criticize us" fans , is inappropriately trying to influence the hospital commission election. The commission oversees the public money provided to the hospital so this Is really out of line.

  • Mark Fishaut
    Mark Fishaut Monday, 26 October 2015 08:48 Comment Link

    Curiouser and curiouser!' cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English)":
    And all those accusations of non partisanship and collusion...hmmm .
    "Captain Renault: I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!
    [a croupier hands Renault a pile of money]
    Croupier: Your winnings, sir.
    Captain Renault: [sotto voce] Oh, thank you very much.
    As Deep Throat said: FOLLOW THE MONEY


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