Julie Jordan’s campaign for state House District 179 continues to break against conventional wisdom as the St. Simons Island Democrat’s fundraising prowess enables her to catch up with incumbent Republican state Rep. Don Hogan.
Jordan reported receiving $10,024.01 in contributions in the latest campaign finance disclosure reports due by July 9, with $2,131.86 in in-kind donations. She also reported $4,893.25 in expenditures, closing out June with $13,189.13 on hand. For his part, Hogan received $1,050 in the last period but did not spend anything, closing with $18,141.43 on hand.
The disclosures cover the period from April to June.
Jordan not only received a remarkable contribution total for a Democrat in that district, but it was from a significant number of people. Overall, that included 121 individual people or couples donating together, at an average of $78.71 per contribution. She also received a contribution from Decatur-based New Power PAC, a group organized to get women elected in the state.
In state House District 167, Republican state Rep. Jeff Jones reported $15,395.23 on hand going into July. He raised $3,040 and spent $1,774.46, with $10,857.79 in campaign debt. Democratic nominee Cedric Z. King reported raising $3,150 and spending $2,267.41, with $1,054.88 on hand.
The biggest financial disparity between candidates is in state Senate District 3, where at the close of the last reporting period, Democratic nominee Jerrold Dagen reported $350 in contributions, $896.95 in in-kind donations and $3.32 in expenditures, with $346.68 on hand. In comparison, Republican state Sen. William Ligon received $27,787 in contributions, spent $18,526.80 and reported $65,839.30 on hand.
The folks donating to Ligon’s campaign included $5,200 from the Georgia Republican Senatorial Committee in Toccoa, $2,100 from the campaign of GOP state Sen. Butch Miller of Chestnut Mountain, $250 from the Georgia Association of Convenience Stores in Dallas and $250 from the state political action committee of the law firm HunterMaclean.
Ligon spread around that money with a number of other campaigns, current and former — there was $1,000 each for Brian Kemp for Governor, David Shafer for Lieutenant Governor, Josh McKoon for Secretary of State and for the state Senate efforts of Leah Aldridge in Atlanta, Marty Harbin in Tyrone and Chuck Payne in Dalton.
In the local primary runoff contests, David O’Quinn and incumbent Glynn County Commissioner Mark Stambaugh have an expensive contest going for the GOP nomination for the Glynn County Commission at-large Post 1. O’Quinn reported $39,525 in contributions, with $22,000 of that coming from a loan he made to his campaign. There were also $43,979.28 in expenditures, leaving the campaign with $2,100.18 on hand. Of that spending, $37,912.03 went to Faulkenberry Certain Advertising and $3,952.50 went to Social Compass, both for ads.
Stambaugh’s contributions consisted solely of two $15,000 loans he made to his campaign, while there were $20,909.13 in expenditures, leaving his campaign with $10,025.20 on hand. His advertising dollars included $14,051 to iHeart Media, $5,580 to Golden Isles Broadcasting and $382 to The Islander.
The GOP race for the Glynn County Board of Education District 2 seat involves significantly less money — David Sharpe reported receiving $2,852 in the last period, but spending none of it, closing out with $2,852 on hand. Eaddy Sams received $5,267.11 — including a $2,58.11 loan to herself — while spending $4,637.57, leaving her campaign with $729.54 on hand and with $4,939.35 of debt.
Sams’ spending included $744.72 to Paramount Printing for a mail piece. For advertising, there was $775 to The News, $600 to Fendig Daily and $239 to The Islander.
In the nonpartisan general election runoff for the Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water and Sewer Commission, Audrey Gibbons reported $3,205 in contributions and $3,403.16 in expenditures. While she reported zero cash-on-hand, subtracting her total expenditures reported from the total contributions shows a balance of $308.62. She spent $1,607.75 in advertising with The News.
Robert Duncan reported receiving $3,600 in contributions and sending out $2,073.40 in expenditures, and also reported a zero cash-on-hand total. But subtracting his total expenditures from the total contributions results in a balance of $299. He spent $1,305 in advertising with The News and $105 with The Islander.