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Rooker, Norris lead fundraising race for local elections

By Tarpley Ashworth & Sean Tubbs

Charlottesville Tomorrow

Thursday, September 10, 2009

While Labor Day marks the traditional start of the local campaign season, the race for

Charlottesville City Council

and the

Albemarle County Board of Supervisors

got a head start this summer with numerous candidate appearances and significant fundraising. The

Virginia Public Access Project (VPAP)

is once again tracking financial contributions for

Charlottesville

and

Albemarle County

.

Every candidate must file financial reports at regular intervals throughout the election cycle  with local registrars, or by submitting the information electronically to the State Board of Elections. The last filing date was on June 30, 2009.  Through June, County Supervisor candidates had already raised a combined total of almost $150,000.  In 2007, County Supervisor candidates raised about $257,000 for the entire election.






Dennis Rooker (I-Jack Jouett)



Independent

Dennis Rooker

is running for re-election in the County’s Jack Jouett district and he has the most money on hand of any Supervisor candidate with just over $70,000. Even though he now faces no opposition, Rooker received twenty-five donations early in the year each totaling $1,000 or more. Larger donations include those from local author John Grisham ($7,500), SNL Financial ($5,000), financial advisor R. Ted Weschler ($5,000), real estate developer Anne Worrell ($5,000), and ACAC owner Phillip Wendell ($2,000).

Democrat

David Slutzky

is running for re-election to the Rio district seat and he has raised the second most among Supervisor candidates with $38,191. Since his fundraising began in 2008, Slutzky has received nine donations of $1,000 or more from such donors as John Grisham ($7,500), R. Ted Weschler ($5,000), local developer Barbara Fried ($5,000), and the Democratic Road Back PAC ($1,500).

Slutzky’s challenger, Republican

Rodney Thomas

, has raised a total of $21,182. This total includes an $11,592 in-kind donation from his business, Charlottesville Press, for the design and printing of campaign signs and brochures. Thomas’ individual contributions total $8,090, with only one totaling $1,000 or more. That donation came from Nancy Badoud of Keswick ($2,000).

Independent

John Lowry

leads fundraising for the open Samuel Miller District seat with a total of $12,775. Sally Thomas, the district’s Supervisor for the past 16 years, is not seeking reelection. Lowry had one donation of $1,000 or more from UVA medical school professor Robert Carey ($1,000).

Democrat

Madison Cummings

raised a total of $5,400 which includes a $5,000 loan from himself. Republican candidate Duane Snow raised a total of $2,075 in donations, none of which were over $1,000.





Dave Norris (D)


In the Charlottesville City Council race, Democrat

Dave Norris

has raised a total of $7,946 including $5,914 from individual contributions and a $2,000 loan from himself. All of Norris’ individual campaign contributions were $500 or less.

Fellow Democrat

Kristin Szakos

raised a total of $4,760. All of these contributions were less than $500 as well.

Though he is not officially on the ballot, write-in Council candidate

Andrew Williams

has raised a total of $335 which includes a loan of $75 from himself. The two other independent challengers for City Council,

Bob Fenwick

and

Paul Long

, reported no fundraising activity through June 30th.

The next candidate fundraising reports will cover the period from July 1st to August 31st and the data will be made available to the public on the VPAP website in late September.