Unopposed candidates raised most for election

Unchallenged DA raised $33,000, spent $24,000
Nov. 17, 2012 @ 06:06 PM

Every election is scramble for two things  — votes and money. Typically, the more a candidate raises, the better his or her chance of winning the election. There are exceptions to this rule, of course, but for the most part, the November 2012 local elections held close to that trend.

Ironically, the campaigns that raised and spent the most money belonged to candidates without opponents.

Below is campaign finance information for all the local candidates who opened finance committees with the Union County Board of Elections. All contributions and disbursments are reported by the individual campaigns and are public record.

Campaigns that do not collect more than $1,000 in contributions are not required to file finance reports with the board of elections according to state law.

Most campaigns took smaller individual donations up to $100. The below information notes the donors who gave the largest amounts to each candidate based on third quarter finance reports submitted to the Union County Board of Elections.

UNION COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

Kevin Stewart

Stewart beat District 2 incumbent Carolyn Lowder by just a few votes and fellow challenger Chris Randall by a large margin.

Total raised $1,500

Total spent $868.60

Top donors

Samuel O. Starnes - $500

Marion Cox - $500

Allan Baucom - $400

 

Both Michael Guzman and Lynn Southern ran for two at-large school board seats against five other candidates. They were the only two to start campaign finance committees.

Michael Guzman

Guzman received the second highest vote county behind overall winner Christina B. Helms.

Total raised $2,645 as of 10-31-12

Total spent $1,589

Lynn Southern

Southern received only 9.01 percent of the vote, the lowest of all seven candidates.

Total raised $1,695 (as of 10-26-12)

Total spent $1,677

Top donors

Richard C. Wilkinson Family Trust - $1,200

 

Richard Yercheck

Yercheck ran against Dennis Rape for the unexpired district 3 seat vacated by Dean Arp.

Total raised $100

Total spent $0

REGISTER OF DEEDS

Crystal Crump

The incumbent Union County Register of Deeds, Crump had a little over $200 cash on hand at the beginning of the election cycle. She ran unopposed.

Total raised $0

Total spent $0

COUNTY COMMISSIONER

Both Helms and Aikmus ran unopposed for the two open seats on the Union County Board of Commissioners. Yet, both raised an impressive war chest.

Richard Helms

Total raised $24,000 as of 10-25-12

Total spent $2,766

Top donors

Himself - loan of $20,000

Frank Aikmus

Total raised $12,860 as of 10-29-12

Total spent $10,353

Top donors

Bobby Cox - $530

Delano Cox - $500

Kenneth Cox - $500

Marion Cox - $500

Ruth Cox - $500

Samuel Starnes - $500

Todd Aycoth - $500

Butch Kelly - $400

Louis Philippi - $1,580

STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 68

Incumbent Rep. Horn easily beat Baker. Horn raised an impressive $31,125, mostly from donations from political action committees. Baker, who spent nothing, won only 34 percent of the vote.

Kenneth Baker

Total raised $100

Total spent $0

Craig Horn

Total raised $31,125 as of 10-25-12

Total spent $12,616

Top donors:

PACs

N.C. Advocates for Justice - $1,000

N.C. Home Builders Association - $750

Piedmont Natural Gas - $500

Blue Cross and Blue Shield Employees PAC - $500

Samuel Oren Starnes - $500

N.C. Hospital Association - $500

Harold J. Brubaker campaign - $2,000

Eastern Bank of Cherokee Indians - $500

Rural Election Action Program - $500

First Citizens Combined PAC Federal - $500

N.C. Poultry Federation PAC - $500

N.C. Voters for Animal Welfare PAC - $300

Bank of America PAC - $500

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated Employee Committee for Good Government - $250

NC Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association - $500

Southeast Anesthesiology Consultants - $1,500

Carolink Telephone Cooperative - $500

Carolinas AGC - $300

NC Pork Council - $500

Nationwide Carolina Political Participation Fund - $500

Individuals

James Turner - $1,000

Barbara Littell - $500

C. Scott McLanahan - $1,500

Norman Cohen - $500

Curtis Blackwood - $500

Mason Alexander - $500

Chase Burns - $4,000

STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 55

The Dstrict 55 battle was fierce, but ultimately Brody won, despite a last-minute effort to draw attention to his legal troubles. He outraised Nelson and won just shy of 70 percent of the vote.

Dale Nelson

Total raised $8,681 as of 10-22-12

Total spent $5,541

Top donors:

Elizabeth Taylor - $500

James Dennis - $250

Harvey Leavitt III - $250

Lynn Clodfelter - $250

Mark Brody

Total raised $11,705 as of 10-31-12

Total spent $14,328

Top donors:

Horn for House - $1,000

Dean Arp for NC House - $1,000

Samuel Oren Starnes - $1,000

Allan and Marie Baucom - $400

Union County Republican Party - $2,000

Mike Hagan - $5,000

Edgar Starnes Campaign (state rep) - $250

Neva Helms - $545

Samuel Starnes - $1,000

 

STATE SENATE DISTRICT 35

Tommy Tucker ran unopposed, yet raised the most money of the other candidates, and outspent them. Most of his contributions came from political action committees, but a good bit were from individual donors.

Tommy Tucker

Total raised $38,400 (as of 10-23-12)

Total spent $53,026

Top donors

PACs:

NC Realtors PAC - $1,500

NC Farm Bureau PAC - $1,00

Petroleum and Convenience Marketers PAC - $500

NCDC PAC - $500

First Citizens Bank PAC - $500

NC Rural Electic Co-Op PAC - $500

Bank of America PAC - $500

Coca-Cola Consolidated Employee PAC - $500

American Anesthesiology Association of the Southeast - $3,000

Nationwide of Carolina PAC - $1,000

NC Dermatology Association PAC - $2,000

Health Network Solutions PAC - $500

NC Dental PAC - $750

RJ Reynolds PAC - $1,000

NC Homebuilders Association PAC - $1,000

NC Assisted Living PAC - $500

Presbyterian Anesthesia Association PAC - $2,000

OrthoCarolina, PA Federal PAC - $2,000

Carolinas Healthcare System Employees PAC - $2,000

N.C. Hospital Association PAC - $1,500

Individuals:

Curtis Blackwood - $500

Dennis Moser - $1,250

T. Lane Ormand - $2,000

E. Lynn Raye - $1,000

Calvin H. Hall - $1,000

Billy F. Norwood - $1,125

Tom E. Williams - $500

Dean Harrell - $1,000

Marion Cox - $2,500

Grant E. Hall - $1,000

Samuel O. Starnes Jr. - $500

Russel F. Cox - $1,000

John R. Bass - $750

Thomas Proffit - $500

Roy Richardson - $500

Gary Summerfield - $500

Thomas J. Hall - $1,000

Jeff Edwards - $1,000

UNION COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY

Trey Robison also ran unopposed for the seat he was appointed to in early 2011.

Trey Robison

Total raised $33,448 (as of 10-23-12)

Total spent $24,240

Top donors:

Charles Brooks - $1,200

Marion Cox - $2,000

Peter Dwyer - $750

William Kingsley Goldfarb - $300

Kenneth Honeycutt - $2,500

Cress Horne - $1,000

Carol H. Kendrick - $2,473

James Mezzanotte - $500

Thomas Lynn Ogburn III - $750

Kenneth Swain - $1,498

John R. Cox - $1,000

Sarah Glaser - $500

James Harrington - $500

Bradford F. Icard - $1,000

Spiro Kaltsounis - $1,075

John Painter - $3,000

Annie T. Reeves - $1,000

Samuel O. Starnes - $1,000

Kenneth Swain - $1,000