Sept. 30, 2013 campaign finance data reported by Virginia Public Access Project

With Election Day just two weeks away, fundraising is on the rise among candidates for the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors and the Charlottesville City Council.

Data released by the Virginia Public Access Project show the candidates raised roughly as much in September as they had in the previous two-month reporting period.

In the Charlottesville City Council race, Republican Michael Farruggio led all candidates in September, pulling in $5,989 in donations. He also leads in total funds raised with $15,299. 

His Republican running mate, Buddy Weber, raised $3,529 in September for a total of $12,291, more than either of the Democratic candidates.

Incumbent Democrat Kristin Szakos raised $4,540 in September for a total of $11,399. Her Democratic running mate, Bob Fenwick, raised $4,603 to reach a total of $10,782.

In the four races for the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, Democratic Samuel Miller candidate Liz Palmer leads in fundraising.

In September, she raised $15,767, including a $6,000 gift from Hunter Lewis. Palmer’s total donations reached $56,000.

Incumbent Samuel Miller Supervisor Duane E. Snow, the Republican candidate, raised $4,960 in September to raise his total to $30,724.

On Oct. 1, Snow received a $10,000 boost from Richard Gilliam. That amount will appear in the next Virginia Public Access report. Gilliam made a $5,000 donation to independent Jack Jouett candidate Phillip Seay , which was included in the September report.

Seay raised $10,780 in September for a total of $16,622. His opponent, independent Diantha McKeel , raised $9,300 in September to lift her total to $40,652.

In the Rio District, Democrat Brad Sheffield raised $19,977 in September for a total of $44,163. That amount includes more than $6,000 in in-kind donations in September from Lettie Bien for campaign administration.

Sheffield’s Rio opponent, incumbent Republican Rodney S. Thomas, raised $5,400 for a total of $22,490. He reported a $2,500 donation from Smith Vicars & Co LLC, a Charlottesville stockbroker and financial advisor.

In the special election for the Scottsville District seat, Democrat Jane Dittmar raised $8,355 for a total of $34,398. Her Republican opponent, Cindi Burket , raised $4,716 in September for a total of $11,786. 

Candidates are required to file their next campaign finance reports Oct. 28.

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