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UPDATED: Most candidates file third quarter reports on time
by Everett Catts
October 25, 2013 03:31 PM | 3068 views | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend | print
(UPDATED AT 4:55 P.M. THURSDAY WITH KASIM REED'S CORRECTED DISCLOSURE INFORMATION).

With the deadline to file third quarter disclosure reports to the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission now past, 36 of the 42 local candidates running for office in the Nov. 5 nonpartisan elections turned in their reports on time, according to the commission's website.

The third quarter ended Sept. 30 but candidates had until Monday to file the reports, and most of the ones filing on time waited until then to do so. Five candidates did not turn in reports on time and one filed it late. Incumbents led the way in all but one of the races in which they filed reports.

By state law, candidates are required to file campaign disclosures within five to eight days of the end of each quarter and of Oct. 25 during an election year. They are fined each time they miss a deadline, with fees starting at $125.

In the Atlanta mayor’s race, incumbent Kasim Reed ($2,000,297.36) has a huge fundraising advantage over candidates Al Bartell and Fraser Duke and write-in candidate John Benson, who each had $0 net cash on hand, according to the commission's website. Fellow candidate Glenn S. Wrightson had not filed a report as of Thursday and was fined $125, according to the commission’s website.

In the Atlanta City Council president’s election, incumbent Ceaser C. Mitchell ($123,535.39 net cash on hand) had a commanding lead over Rachele Fruit ($125).

In the council races involving Buckhead candidates and districts, Post 2 at-large incumbent Aaron Watson ($109,074.99 net cash on hand) led candidate Mary Norwood ($82,346.20), according to the commission’s website, and in the District 6 council campaign, incumbent Alex Wan ($86,550.04 net cash on hand) had a large lead over Mike Boyle ($7,317.00) and Tracey Austin ($2,919.80), according to the commission’s website. Austin was fined $125 for filing her report late.

In the District 7 race, incumbent Howard Shook ($90,112.46 net cash on hand) had a big lead over Abid Haque ($9,319.64) and Bobby Montgomery ($498.66). According to the commission's website, Haque filed his disclosure report late and was fined $125. In District 9, incumbent Felicia Moore ($23,729.88 net cash on hand) Ricardo Mosby ($5,375.00) and Duwan Mooley Robinson ($0). Mosby was fined $125 for filing his report late, according to the commission’s website. District 8 Councilwoman Yolanda Adrean ($25,129.25 net cash on hand) is running unopposed.

In the Atlanta Board of Education races, incumbents also have a fundraising lead. In the District 4 race, incumbent Nancy Meister ($10,229.03 net cash on hand) led Taryn Chilivis Bowman ($1,505.89), according to the commission’s website. In the Post 8 at-large campaign, Mark Riley ($89,468.41 net cash on hand) led Tom Tidwell ($36,182.37), incumbent Reuben McDaniel ($9,284.00) and Cynthia Briscoe Brown ($5,300.74), according to the commission’s website. Fellow candidate Dave Walker had not filed a report as of Thursday and was fined $125, according to the commission's website.

In the Sandy Springs mayor’s race, Rusty Paul had $37,873.56 net cash on hand and Bob Brown had not filed a report as of Thursday and was fined $125, according to the commission’s website.

In the Sandy Springs City Council campaigns, District 2 incumbent Dianne Fries ($6,358.83) led Ken Dishman ($3,642.43) and in District 3, Graham McDonald ($7,086.88) was ahead of Barbara Malone ($5,819.32), according to the commission’s website.

In the District 4 race, incumbent Gabriel Sterling ($11,072.66 net cash on hand) led Tochie Blad ($1,384.47), according to the commission’s website. In District 5, incumbent Tibby DeJulio ($4,418.98 net cash on hand) led Clayton Cole ($0), according to the commission’s website. District 6 candidate Patty Berkovitz ($10,731.88 net cash on hand) led John Stoj ($10,655.00), Jennifer Steele ($7,582.52), Andy Bauman ($4,805.21) and Sonja Tonpea ($525.00), according to the commission’s website. District 1 Councilman John Paulson ($75 net cash on hand) is running unopposed.

Information: www.ethics.ga.gov.

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