Martin's fundraising picks up, outpacing Byerly's
Published: Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 4:51 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 4:51 p.m.
Alachua County Commission candidate John Martin had his best fundraising period yet from August to mid-September, raising $15,950 from 84 monetary contributions.
His opponent for the District 1 seat, 12-year incumbent Mike Byerly, raised $6,513 from 54 monetary contributions in the same time period, running from Aug. 8 to Sept. 14, according to Alachua County Supervisor of Elections records.
Byerly was outraised by Martin, but he spent more. Byerly spent $7,617, primarily on printing and mailing costs. Martin spent only $2,786.
Overall, Martin has raised $48,750 and spent $34,131 during his campaign.
Byerly lags behind with $35,173 raised overall and $23,751 spent.
But Byerly said he has always faced opponents with more money than him in his general election campaigns.
“I’ve never been a really, really aggressive fundraiser,” he said.
He said word-of-mouth matters more than fundraising in this community, and his three terms as commissioner shows it.
Martin said he was on the right track with his fundraising, but running against an incumbent is tough no matter how much money one has.
For the District 3 commission race, Democrat and former County Commissioner Robert “Hutch” Hutchinson raised $18,585 from 186 monetary contributions and $455 in in-kind contributions. During the same period, he spent $16,808.
His opponent, Republican Jean Calderwood, raised $8,715 from 45 monetary contributions and spent $6,610.
Hutchinson has far outraised Calderwood overall, with $85,536 in total contributions. He has also outspent her, with $69,896 in expenses.
Calderwood has raised a total of $33,845 and spent $17,524.
Write-in candidate Bryan C. “Buck” Buchanan raised and spent nothing in the most recent period and has raised $400 in monetary contributions and $193 in in-kind contributions overall. He has paid for no expenses.
Calderwood said she knew Hutchinson would have more funds since he ran a primary campaign and she didn’t.
For the District 5 seat, Republican Dean Cheshire raised the most of the three candidates with $7,925 rolling in from 44 monetary contributions during the latest reporting period. He spent about $600 and received $250 in in-kind contributions.
Democrat and state Rep. Charles S. “Chuck” Chestnut raised $5,250 in monetary contributions, $525 in in-kind contributions and $1,500 in loans. He received 57 contributions during the period and spent $2,171.
K. Siva Prasad, who is running with no party affiliation, raised only $400 in in-kind contributions that all came from him and spent nothing.
Overall, Cheshire has raised the most total money with $61,405, while Chestnut has raised $27,096 and Prasad has raised $3,260.
Cheshire said his fundraising success was a testament to the fact that people want change.
Cheshire has also spent the most at $16,025 in expenses, while Chestnut has spent $11,905 and Prasad has spent $2,961.
Chestnut said pumping money into a race can get a candidate known quickly, which is concerning, but he can’t worry about what Cheshire is raising. The three components of a campaign are time, money and people, he said. While he may not have as much money as Cheshire, he has plenty of time and plenty of people to help him.
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