Braddy campaign raises $12K in first month
Published: Friday, February 15, 2013 at 9:08 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, February 15, 2013 at 9:08 p.m.
Former City Commissioner Ed Braddy's campaign for mayor raised more than $12,000 in its first month, according to fundraising reports released Friday afternoon.
Braddy's campaign received 102 contributions totaling $12,035.
At this point in the race, that is the largest amount collected in a single reporting period for any of the six candidates.
During the latest period, which ran from Jan. 1 to Feb. 8, incumbent Craig Lowe raised $8,655. His campaign received 112 contributions, the highest number of contributions so far in a reporting period.
Former City Commissioner Scherwin Henry received 43 contributions totaling $6,678. Area businessman and former Gainesville-Alachua County Regional Airport Authority Chair Pete Johnson received 23 contributions for $3,750.
Candidate Donald Shepherd Sr. put $100 of his own money toward his campaign. Mark Venzke, who previously ran for City Commission in 2012, raised $20, according to reports released on Friday.
In the City Commission District 4 race, incumbent Randy Wells received 56 contributions totaling $7,050. University of Florida student Alfredo Espinosa received 11 contributions totaling $1,410. Former City Commissioner Mac McEachern received 14 contributions totaling $1,350.
Some of the contributors to Braddy's campaign included County Commissioner Susan Baird, former Hawthorne Commissioner John Martin, who was the Republican candidate for County Commission District 1 in November, and former School Board member Wes Eubank.
Gainesville Tea Party leaders Laurie Newsom and Rod Gonzalez contributed. Newsom made an individual contribution. Gonzalez contributed through his business, Alachua-based Health Care Risk Management. Several other tea party supporters made contributions as well.
Ivan Oelrich, the president of Oelrich Construction and son of former state senator and former Alachua County sheriff Steve Oelrich, also contributed. The sister of current Sheriff Sadie Darnell made a contribution. Financial support also came from The Grog House, a Gainesville bar and grill owned by former City Commission candidate Rob Zeller.
Lowe's contributors included county commissioners Mike Byerly and Robert Hutchinson, former City Commissioner Warren Nielsen, former Alachua County Democratic Executive Committee Chair Jon Reiskind and downtown developer Ken McGurn. Bruce Delaney, the director of real estate for the University of Florida Foundation and the husband of former County Commissioner Paula DeLaney, contributed. So did the husband of City Commissioner Susan Bottcher and the father of City Commissioner Thomas Hawkins.
Lowe, who filed to run for re-election in January 2012, has now raised approximately $20,700.
Henry contributed $3,000 to his own campaign. Some other contributors included Mitch Glaeser, the head of Glaeser Realty and the chairman of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, former County Commissioner Cynthia Chestnut and Alachua County Democratic Black Caucus Chair Ermon Owens. The political action committee for the African American Accountability Alliance contributed after the organization endorsed Henry.
Business support for Henry included a contribution from home builder Robinshore Inc. Local attorney Ray Washington, who represented plaintiffs in a prior lawsuit challenging permits for the biomass plant, also contributed.
Contributors to Johnson's campaign included several area business people. Esther Yoder, who owns several area Subway sandwich shops, former University of Florida College of Law Dean Jon Mills, area attorney Miles Kinsell, area insurance executive Don Matz and Bill Larson, the owner of Little River Marine, were among the contributors.
Johnson's campaign has now raised a total of $10,045 to date.
Wells' campaign received financial support from members of the Democratic Executive Committee and current and former Democratic elected officials.
Contributors included former Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan and former city commissioners Warren Nielsen, Jack Donovan and Jeanna Mastrodicasa. Current city commissioners Thomas Hawkins and Susan Bottcher and county commissioners Charles S. "Chuck" Chestnut IV and Robert "Hutch" Hutchinson contributed. Current DEC Chair Robert Prather and former DEC chair Jon Reiskind also made contributions.
Espinosa received contributions from relatives and other UF students.
Contributions to McEachern's campaign came from the Alachua County Republican Executive Committee and several of the biomass opponents who frequent City Commission meetings to speak against the plant during public comment. Former City Commissioner Mark Goldstein also contributed.
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