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(continued from previous page) evidently missed the Tuesday deadline for filing their pre-primary campaign fi nance reports, so there is no current information available on how much money they have raised. And that leaves the candidates who are raising money and did fi le their reports. At-large City Councilmember Mike Barber and first-time candidate Michelle Kennedy are running neck and neck in fundraising and are far ahead of anyone else in the race for which information is available. At-large City Councilmember Mike Barber has raised $20,951. But since he had $4,395 in his account, his total is $25,345. Of that he has spent $14,055, so Barber has $11,290 going forward. The total raised includes a $5,000 loan from Barber to his campaign Kennedy has actually raised more in this election cycle, at $21,660, and being a first-time candidate didn?t have any money in her campaign account to add to her total. But she has only spent $2,756, so she has $18,904 available. Although the candidate with most money usually wins, Mayor Pro Tem Yvonne Johnson is one of those candidates who doesn?t fi t the mold. Johnson has never lost an at-large race for City Council despite often not being the best financed candidate. Johnson has raised $6,510 for this election. She started off with $2,044 in her campaign account for a total of $8,554, and has spent $1,926, so she has $6,627 going into the primary season. At-large City Councilmember Marikay Abuzuaiter raised $4,235 and had $1,329 in her campaign account for a total of $5,564. Abuzuaiter has spent $2,791 and has $2,772 in her account. At-large City Council candidate Dave Wils has raised $3,894 so far for this election, and since he is a fi rst-time candidate he didn?t have any leftover money in a campaign account to carry forward. Wils has spent $523, so he has $3,371 at this point in the primary season. Wils is the only candidate in the race who filed his campaign finance reports electronically, which means they are completely legible. Most candidates fi lled their reports out by hand and some people don?t have great penmanship. It would be a great blessing to all those looking at campaign information if more candidates used this electronic feature so there is no question about the numbers or the names. Certainly in the future, as more younger candidates run, the idea of filling a form out by hand will be so foreign to them that they won?t even consider it. They will probably fi ll out their campaign fi nance reports on their phones. Those are all the pre-primary reports fi led by at-large candidates. No doubt more will be coming in as candidates discover they were supposed to fi le a report this week. In District 1, City Councilmember Sharon Hightower, who is running for reelection, has not fi led her pre-primary report. District 1 candidate Devin King hasn?t fi led anything other than fi ling to run. He hasn?t fi led a campaign organizational report, a mid-year report or a pre-primary report. District 1 City Council candidate Paula Ritter-Lipscomb fi led a threshold statement that she wouldn?t raise or spend over $1,000 so she didn?t have to fi le a report. District 2 City Councilmember Goldie Wells, who was appointed in July to serve out the term of former City Councilmember Jamal Fox, has the advantage of being the incumbent and also having apparently raised the most money in her race. Wells has raised $2,645, plus she had $125 in her account when this election cycle started. She has spent $1,835 and has $935 in her campaign account. C.J. Brinson has raised $730, spent $468 and has $262 in his campaign account. Former City Councilmember and current candidate Jim Kee did not have a pre-primary report on fi le. There is more big money being raised in the District 5 City Council race, where a challenger, Tami Thurm, has raised more money than the incumbent City Councilmember Tony Wilkins, who happens to be the lone Republican on the council. Thurm has raised $27,100, which at one time was considered a lot of money for a district council race. Thurm has spent $13,527 and has $13,573 in her campaign account. Wilkins is not far behind. He had $15,499 in his campaign account when this election cycle started and has raised $10,775 so far this year, for a total of $26,274. Wilkins has spent $4,641 and has $21,633 in his campaign account. There are two other candidates in the ra ce, Tanner Lucas and Sal Leone. Both have fi led threshold statements that they wouldn?t raise or spend more than $1,000, which pretty much eliminates any chance they have of being successful candidates in this race. Leone is a perennial candidate and one thing you can say about him is that he never gives up.


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