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Former Los Al Mayor Leads Election Spending

Dean Grose has spent more than three times as much as next-highest-spending Los Alamitos City Council candidate Richard Murphy.

Former Los Alamitos Mayor Dean Grose has spent about $10,300 so far in the race for city council, more than three times the amount spent by the next-highest-spending candidate, according to the latest filing data.

The other candidates running for two open council seats are current councilman Ken Stephens, realtor Demi Devaney and accountant Richard Murphy. 

Here's what they spent from July 1-Oct. 20:

  • Grose: $10,299.94
  • Murphy: $3,219 
  • Stephens: $2,593.37

Devaney filed a statement Oct. 22 saying she would neither take in nor spend more than $1,000 during the 2012 election race.

Stephens and Murphy are both financing their own campaigns with personal loans. Both candidates have taken no contributions.

Between July 1 and Oct. 20, Stephens loaned his campaign $16,500 and Murphy loaned his campaign $9,000.

During the same period, Grose raised $6,865 in donations and loaned $5,000 to his capaign.

As of Oct 20, Stephens has the highest ending cash balance with $2,356,63. Grose has $1,827.00 and Murphy has $2,240.

Because Mayor Pro Tem Marilynn Poe is retiring, Stephens is the only Los Al council member running for re-election this year.

The four candidates recently met at a .

You can watch the full forum here.

To read the candidates' full financial statements, visit the city website, then scroll to the section at the bottom that says "Candidates 2012."

Editor’s note: These figures are courtesy the Los Alamitos City Clerk's website and are accurate as of 11:30 a.m. Friday. This story does not include donations filed after Oct. 20, the end of the latest filing period. 

met00 November 04, 2012 at 09:33 AM
There are 7,125 registered voters in the City of Los Alamitos per the current OC Registrar of Voters. Dean Grose has spent $1.44 for each and every one of them. If as many vote as voted in the 2008 election (5,172), that’s just a tad under $2.00 per voter. In 2008 the top vote getter had 2,018 votes. That would be $5.10 per vote if Dean matches that. Is Los Alamitos for sale? We shall know on Tuesday night.
Dave Emerson November 05, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Thanks for reporting on this information. Hopefully the money being spent by Mr. Grose will not blind Los Alamitos voter's to the nationwide embarrassment and expense Mr. Grose caused our town with his infamous watermelon e-mail the last time he was on the City Council. For recommendations on all Los Alamitos and Rossmoor races, including City Council, Sewer District, Water District, and the creatively titled Telephone tax "reduction & modernization," check out LetsFixLosAl.com's "Los Alamitos Election 2012 Cheat Sheet:" http://letsfixlosal.com/blog/your-los-al-election-2012-cheat-sheet/

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