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All but 4 local candidates file campaign disclosures on time
by Everett Catts
November 02, 2013 01:47 PM | 1579 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print

With the deadline to file campaign disclosure reports passing Friday night, 38 of the 42 candidates running in Tuesday’s nonpartisan city elections have turned in their documents on time to the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission, according to its website.

During an election year, the commission requires candidates to file campaign disclosure reports at the end of each quarter plus Oct. 25, the last filing period before Tuesday's election. The deadline for the latest reports, which are for Oct. 1 through 25, was Friday at 11:59 p.m.

Incumbents had a fundraising advantage in most races.

In the Atlanta mayoral campaign, incumbent Kasim Reed led the way with $930,234.78 net cash on hand, having received $6,035,087.48 and spent $5,104,852.70. Trailing were Al Bartell ($0 net cash on hand, $0 received and $0 spent), write-in candidate John Benson ($0 net cash on hand, $69 received and $69 spent) and Fraser Duke (-$740 net cash on hand, $0 received and $740 spent). Glenn Wrightson had not filed his report and was fined $125.

In the council presidential race, incumbent Ceasar Mitchell ($167,747.39 net cash on hand, $837,173.34 received, $669,425.95 spent) led Rachele Fruit ($19.04 net cash on hand, $1,355 received, $1,335.97 spent).

Mary Norwood ($74,955.61 net cash on hand, $153,564.00 received, $78,608.39 spent) leads incumbent Aaron Watson ($62,560.28 net cash on hand, $177,206.99 received, $114,646.71 spent) in the Post 2 at-large race, a citywide position.

Incumbents have the edge in the three contested races involving council districts representing parts of Buckhead.

In the District 6 race, incumbent Alex Wan ($72,051.43 net cash on hand, $234,815.50 received, $162,764.07 spent) led Tracey Austin ($295 net cash on hand, $5,836 received, $5,541 spent) and Mike Boyle ($0.16 net cash on hand, $16,719.92 received, $16,720.08 spent).

Incumbent Howard Shook ($93,929.84 net cash on hand, $177,697.50 received, $83,767.66 spent) led opponents Abid Haque ($9,319.64 net cash on hand, $23,657.00 received, $14,337.36 spent) and Bobby Montgomery ($383.42 net cash on hand, $1,218.00 received, $834.58 spent) in the District 7 race.

In the District 9 campaign, incumbent Felicia Moore ($26,301.20 net cash on hand, $40,179.88 received $13,878.68 spent) leads Ricardo Mosby ($8,823 net cash on hand, $22,700 received, $13,877 spent) and Duwon “Mooley” Robinson ($6,000 net cash on hand, $6,000 received, $0 spent).

District 8 Councilwoman Yolanda Adrean is running unopposed.

In the at-large Seat 8 Atlanta Board of Education race, Tom Tidwell ($28,321.38 net cash on hand, $61,818.94 received, $33,497.56 spent) leads Mark Riley ($21,492.09 net cash on hand, $144,036.99 received, $122,544.90 spent), incumbent Reuben McDaniel III ($10,442.57 net cash on hand, $73,264.00 received, $62,821.43 spent) and Cynthia Briscoe Brown ($1,364.20 net cash on hand, $28,036.00 received, $26,671.80 spent). Dave Walker has not filed his report yet and was fined $125.

In the election for the District 4 school board seat, which represents Buckhead, Taryn Chilivis Bowman had $174.66 net cash on hand ($17,624.00 received, $17,449.34 spent) and incumbent Nancy Meister has not filed her report and was fined $125.

In the Sandy Springs elections, mayoral candidate Rusty Paul had $30,169 net cash on hand, having received $86,405 and spent $56,236. Bob Brown has not filed a report and was fined $125. Incumbent Eva Galambos is not seeking re-election.

In the District 2 council race, incumbent Dianne Fries ($8,632.43 net cash on hand, $12,396.83 received, $3,764.40 spent) leads Ken Dishman ($2,599.27 net cash on hand, $10,982.00 received, $8,382.73 spent).

Graham McDonald ($6,722.28 net cash on hand, $23,047.20 received, $16,324.92 spent) leads Barbara Malone ($5,326.82 net cash on hand, $7,895.00 received, $2,568.18 spent) in the District 3 campaign, where incumbent Chip Collins is not seeking re-election.

In District 4, incumbent Gabriel Sterling ($12,244.43 net cash on hand, $22,509.47 received, $10,265.04 spent) leads Tochie Blad ($126 net cash on hand, $6,410 received, $6,284 spent). Incumbent Tibby DeJulio ($12,500.26 net cash on hand, $14,227.96 received, $1,727.70 spent) leads Clayton Cole (-$446.04 net cash on hand, $0 received, $446.04 spent) in District 5.

In the District 6 campaign, Patty Berkovitz ($8,678.95 net cash on hand, $21,445.00 received, $12,766.05 spent), leads Andy Bauman ($7,999.23 net cash on hand, $40,553.42 received, $32,554.49 spent), John Stoj ($4,410.31 net cash on hand, $21,300.00 received, $16,889.69 spent), Sonja Tonpea ($452 net cash on hand, $2,730.00 received, $2,278 spent) and Jennifer Steele (-$7,952.52 net cash on hand, $510 received, $8,102.52 spent). Incumbent Karen Meinzen McEnerny is not running for re-election.

District 1 Councilman John Paulson is running unopposed.

Tuesday, the polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

Information: www.ethics.ga.gov.

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