ANTIOCH -- With less than a week to go, the election season is entering the home stretch.
Street corners throughout Antioch are peppered with bright signs promoting candidates while local mailboxes are filled with fliers trying to woo voters.
All five council and four mayoral candidates have large and small signs displayed prominently throughout town.
Mayor Pro Tem Wade Harper, who is running for mayor, has spent the most money among city candidates, according to newly released campaign documents.
Harper has spent $21,590.07 on campaign signs, literature and mailings and newspaper advertisements, according to financial disclosure forms filed last week.
Political newcomer Noel Pinto has spent the most -- $12,523 -- among the five candidates for two city council spots.
In the mayoral race, Donald Freitas has spent $20,815.80 and Gary Agopian $9,045.69. In the council race, Mary Rocha has spent $10,823, Monica Wilson $10,157, Jim Davis $3,898.77 and Walter Ruehlig $3,749.
Argentina Davila-Luevano has spent $2,484 in the city clerk's race, over $1,000 more than Arne Simonsen's $1,375.75.
Freitas has raised the most money of all Antioch candidates with $20,021.76, including a recent $1,000 contribution from the California Real Estate Political Action Committee. That group also gave $3,000 to Agopian, $1,000 to Ruehlig and $250 to Wilson.
Agopian has raised $16,443, including a recent $3,000 donation from
Wilson leads the council candidates with $14,039 in contributions, including $1,000 this past filing period from state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, and $500 from Allied Waste Services, which provides trash collection for the city.
Pinto has raised $11,358, which includes taking out $6,155 in loans. Rocha has raised $8,660 in campaign contributions, Davis $4,648 and Ruehlig $3,749.
The City Clerk's office did not receive financial reports from mayoral candidate Michael Leon, though he has said he is not taking contributions.
Contact Paul Burgarino at 925-779-7164. Follow him at Twitter.com/paulburgarino.