FAYETTEVILLE – Raising or spending more money on a campaign didn’t necessarily mean winning the city’s races for the local office.
Municipal candidates were required to submit final campaign contributions and spending reports for the November 3rd general election by December 30th. This is in addition to the pre-election reports and reports related to the December 1 runoff election, if applicable.
Candidates for the city’s mayor and council races in the general election raised around $ 145,000 in total, with more than $ 135,000 spent on campaigning.
Mayor Lioneld Jordan won re-election for a fourth term, surpassing his closest opponent, Tom Terminella. Jordan raised more than $ 38,000 on $ 21,750 from Terminella. Jordan also spent more than $ 33,000 on his campaign while Terminella only spent more than $ 21,700. Jordan received 24,641 votes, or 68%, and Terminella 9,050 votes, or 25%.
Mayoral candidates Ron Baucom and William Harris, whose total vote was 2,716, or 7%, raised no money and only spent more than $ 200 apiece. Baucom spent $ 241 on signs and business cards, while Harris spent $ 227 on office supplies, brochures, and business cards.
Terminella submitted its final report on the general election on late January 8, according to the Washington County Clerk’s Office postage stamp.
Twelve contestants in the city’s four city races raised around $ 85,000 in total and reportedly spent around $ 80,000.
Two candidates for Ward 1 – Tanner Pettigrew and Oroo Oyioka – have submitted their final reports for the general election on Friday and Thursday, respectively. Three councilors – Pedro Fimbres Jr. in Station 1, Matthew Petty in Station 2, and Kyle Smith in Station 4 – filed their final reports a day later on December 31st.
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D’Andre Jones won the Ward 1 seat against Pettigrew in a runoff election. Jones raised just over $ 10,300 and spent more than $ 14,000 on the general election. His pre-election report for the runoff showed he had raised nearly $ 2,500 and only spent more than $ 1,800.
With that, Jones has raised more than $ 12,000 in total and spent more than $ 16,000. He also started his campaign with $ 1,000 and borrowed $ 1,600.
A volunteer campaign worker for Jones said he raised a little more money during the runoff and made up the difference with a loan to himself. A final outflow report due Feb. 1 will reflect the amounts, she said.
The money reflected in Pettigrew’s general election reports and pre-election runoff report showed that he led Jones in donations with about $ 18,000 and only more than $ 16,000 in expenses.
Jones led Pettigrew in the November 3rd election by 3,108 votes, or 38%, to Pettigrew’s 2,413 votes, or 30%. Jones won the runoff election on December 1 by 1,040 votes, or 72%, compared to Pettigrew’s 408 votes, or 28% according to the unofficial number of votes.
Fimbres raised $ 4,400 and spent $ 4,060. Oyioka reported $ 439 in funds raised with $ 1,252 for its campaign.
Station 2 candidates, Petty and William Chesser, raised comparable sums of money of approximately $ 8,900 each. Petty, the incumbent, only spent more than $ 5,000 on his campaign, compared to $ 8,900 on Chesser’s spending.
Petty won the race with 64% of the vote, or 4,135 total votes. Chesser got 2,300, or 36%.
Peter Tonnessen did not raise money in his campaign to depose incumbent Ward 3 Councilor Sarah Bunch, who raised $ 6,350. Tonnessen spent $ 1,470 on Bunchs $ 3,913.
Bunch won re-election by 54 points with 7,548 votes, or 77%, over Tonnessen’s 2,258 votes, or 23%.
Kyle Smith, who was named to his seat in Ward 4 by the city council in 2017, has surpassed and surpassed eventual winner of the race, Holly Hertzberg. Smith raised $ 19,760 to $ 14,870 from Hertzberg. He also spent $ 20,515, compared to $ 15,027 Hertzberg spent on their campaign.
Smith borrowed $ 2,000 for his campaign. Hertzberg had a $ 157 loan to make up the difference between the amounts earned and spent.
Hertzberg won the election on November 3rd with 4,894 votes, or 51% and a majority. Smith received 3,043 votes, or 31%. Paul Waddell finished third with 942 votes, or 10%, and perennial candidate Adam Fire Cat got 774, or 8%.
Waddell raised $ 1,925 and spent $ 1,942. Fire Cat raised no money but did spend $ 13 on advertising.
If a candidate was rejected and raised or spent more than $ 500, the November 3rd general election required a campaign contribution and expense report. The reports covered all activities through October 24th.
Each candidate was required to submit a final report on the general election, regardless of whether money was raised or spent. The final report was due on December 30th. If the candidate filed the pre-election report and was not in the runoff election, the period covered was October 25th to the date submitted. If the candidate filed a pre-election report and went to a runoff election, the activity spanned October 25 through November 3.
A pre-election report for the December 1 runoff was due on November 24 and covered activities from November 4 to November 21.
The final report for the runoff election is due on February 1st. It is valid for November 22nd until the submitted date.
Source: Washington County Electoral Commission
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