Recently elected city Councilman John A. Pettis Jr. raised about $9,000, much of it from developers, at a postelection Bricktown reception, according to his campaign finance report.
Pettis, 30, defeated two-term incumbent Ronald “Skip” Kelly for the Ward 7 seat on April 2.
Ward 7 is a sprawling district that encompasses northeast Oklahoma City, from Bricktown to rural neighborhoods far from the urban core.
Pettis missed Monday's filing deadline but the report was posted with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission by 2 p.m. Wednesday. Pettis blamed a computer glitch for the delay.
Pettis collected three $1,000 donations and one $500 donation on April 29, the day of the Bricktown reception, from contributors who were identified as developers.
One, Mark Ruffin, is developing a new Social Security office in northeast Oklahoma City. Ruffin had given $4,000 to Kelly leading up to the election; he gave the newly elected Pettis $1,000.
Pettis also got $1,000 on April 29 from the Oklahoma Municipal Contractors Association political action committee.
The Bricktown reception at the Chevy Bricktown Events Center included suggested giving levels for hosts, at $5,000, and sponsors at $2,500 (gold), $1,000 (silver) and $500 (bronze).
Invitations were sent under the name of The Bricktown Association, a business group. Businesses kicked in $1,750 for food and other expenses.
Pettis' biggest single donation was $5,000 from the Oklahoma City Firefighters Association political action committee on April 11, a little more than a week after the election.
Pettis' report showed he raised about $8,000 in the two weeks before the election and spent about $25,000 on advertising, mailings and other campaign activities.
Overall, Pettis reported raising $51,800 and spending $36,900 on his campaign. After accounting for in-kind contributions, he had $11,649 left as of May 2, the date on the report.
Kelly reported raising $52,000 and spending $49,700, ending the campaign with $2,300. Kelly also missed Monday's deadline but the report was posted Wednesday afternoon.
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Ward 1 city Councilman James Greiner, like Pettis elected on April 2 to his first term, said most of his $4,630 in expenses for the last two weeks of the campaign went for printing, mailing and signs. A computer problem is keeping his reports from showing itemized expenses, he said. Greiner filed his report on time.