The hottest Salt Lake City Council races — in open Districts 3 and 7 — see most fundraising, spending

Wharton leads in election financing<br>

(Trent Nelson | Tribune file photo) Employees in Salt Lake County's Election Division prepare mail in ballots to be sorted and counted at the Salt Lake County Government Center in Salt Lake City, Tuesday October 18, 2016.

Salt Lake City Council District 3 hopeful Chris Wharton leads all comers in campaign financing through the end of October, spending and raising roughly one-third of the totals for all candidates, according to the latest campaign disclosures.

All told through Oct. 31, seven candidates for four council seats have raised nearly $139,000 and spent just under $102,000, with the most money changing hands predictably in the two races for open council seats.

Wharton, a lawyer who is running against developer Phil Carroll for the seat being vacated by Stan Penfold, has raised more than $46,000 and spent nearly $33,000, including $16,640 raised and $13,151 spent since early August.

Second to Wharton in both spending and fundraising is District 7 candidate Abe Smith, a technology strategist for the Mormon church, with just over $27,000 raised and $22,500 spent overall; he has raised $14,126 and spent $12,023 since early August.

Smith faces public defender Amy Fowler to succeed the outgoing Lisa Adams, who did not seek re-election. Fowler has raised just over $12,800 and spent $7,025 since August.

Candidates spent most on printing and mailing and campaign consultants and staffers. Top givers include real estate and development interests.

In the other district races:

District 1 • Incumbent James Rogers is unopposed. He has raised $2,200 and spent nothing on the race.

District 5 • Incumbent Erin Mendenhall raised $2,000 from August through October and spent nearly $2,900. Overall she has raised more than $13,400 and spent just over $8,600. Her challenger, community activist George Chapman, raised $2,750 since August and spent $1,400. Overall, he has raised $3,500 and spent $1,612.