With loan, Farmer outraises, outspends Kabat

A look through the most recent campaign finance report shows that the candidates for La Crosse mayor are about equal when it comes to campaign spending and fundraising.

Most of the money is being spent on yard signs, campaign mailers and staff. Almost all of the contributions to both candidates are from residents in the city and amount to $100 or less.

According to the report filed last week, Doug Farmer has raised $27,211 so far and spent $25,119. Although, $17,000 came from Farmer loaning money to his campaign.

Tim Kabat has raised $20,191 so far and spent $21,051.


Both candidates say the election is ultimately about who voters think will best represent them at city hall.

Kabat says the public is looking for “a mayor who is somebody they know, somebody they can reach out to and who’s going to be accessible.”

“What people really want to know is when they have that problem with city hall…is it possible that they can go down to the mayor’s office and ask for help,” said Farmer.

Kabat received about 1,200 more votes than Farmer in the 11 candidate primary. Although, several of those candidates have since backed Farmer meaning Tuesday’s election could be much closer.