Lowe campaign raised the most during latest reporting period

Published: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 1:57 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 1:57 p.m.

Incumbent Craig Lowe led mayoral candidates in the number of contributions and the amount of money raised during the latest fundraising period.

For the roughly two-week period from Feb. 9 to Feb. 22, the Lowe campaign received 72 contributions totaling $4,440.

Former City Commissioner Ed Braddy received 34 contributions and $3,475. Former City Commissioner Scherwin Henry received 24 contributions for $2,370. Former Gainesville-Alachua County Regional Airport Authority Board Chair Pete Johnson received 10 contributions for $1,475.

Candidate Mark Venzke received four contributions and $71. Donald E. Shepherd Sr. reported no contributions during the latest period.

Lowe put $500 toward his own campaign. Other contributors included City Commissioners Lauren Poe, Yvonne Hinson-Rawls and Susan Bottcher, and Don Herget, treasurer of the county Democratic Executive Committee.

In a little more than a year, Lowe's re-election bid has raised approximately $25,200 and spent about $20,175.

Through Feb. 22, the Lowe campaign had paid Gainesville-based Democratic political consulting firm WWD Strategies $11,775 for campaign management, consulting and political mailers.

Contributors to Braddy's campaign for the latest reporting period included Charles W. Clemons, Sr, Santa Fe College's senior vice president for development and a former county commissioner; Robert Woody, the state committeeman for the Alachua County Republican Executive Committee; and Robert Zeller, a former City Commission candidate and the owner of area bar and grills.

Since entering the race in early January, Braddy has raised $15,510 and spent approximately $11,850.

The campaign has paid about $6,650 for campaign marketing and media placement to Best Policy Corporation, a firm Zeller and Braddy established in late 2011.

Former County Commissioner Charles S. Chestnut III was among the contributors to Henry's campaign during the last reporting period. Henry now has raised a little more than $9,000 and spent approximately $4,700 since entering the race in late December.

Johnson's campaign now has raised approximately $11,500 and spent $7,400.

District 4

Former City Commissioner Mac McEachern received 12 contributions totaling $1,475 during the latest reporting period. Some contributors included Woody, the state committeeman for the county's Republican Party; former Hawthorne commissioner and 2012 Alachua County Commission candidate John Martin; and area children's advocate and civic volunteer Jim Stringfellow.

McEachern's campaign now has raised about $2,800 and spent approximately $500.

Incumbent Randy Wells received 13 contributions totaling $1,165. County Commissioner Mike Byerly and land use attorney David Coffey, a former city commissioner, were among the contributors. Wells' campaign now has raised about $8,200 and spent about $1,050.

During the latest reporting period, University of Florida student Alfredo Espinosa had the lowest amount raised, $392, but the most contributions. Espinosa listed 55 total contributions and more than three dozen contributions of $5 or less. His campaign now has about $1,800 in listed contributions and about $800 in expenditures.

Both the mayor's race and District 4 will appear on the March 19 ballot, along with a proposed charter amendment that would move the date of city elections. Early voting begins Monday at the Supervisor of Elections office in the County Administration Building, 12 SE First St. Gainesville, and runs through the following Sunday.

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