Hale Still Not Filed
Tammy Gilland, who qualified for the July 20 Republic primary as a candidate for Post 3 on the Oconee County Board of Commissioners yesterday, had raised more money for her campaign by the end of March than three of the commission candidates raised in all of the 2008 election year.
Gilland’s $4,685 raised in the first quarter of the year was just $651 less than incumbent Post 3 Commissioner Margaret Hale raised in the 2008 election year.
Hale has not yet filed for reelection, though she announced back in February that she intends to do so. The deadline for filing is noon tomorrow.
Hale listed $500 in contributions for the first three months of the year in her April 1 filing.
No candidates filed today for the Oconee County offices open for election this year–two Board of Commissioner posts and two Board of Education posts.
BOE incumbents Kim Argo and Mack Guest filed earlier this week, as did Commissioner John Daniell, who holds Post 2.
The Dec. 31, 2008, campaign finance statements filed by the eight candidates–all Republicans--who ran for the Board of Commissioners that year showed that they raised, on average, $8,863, and spent, on average, $8,958.
Daniell raised and spent the least, $3,211 and $3,167 respectively. Daniell defeated incumbent Don Norris, who raised $9,613 and spent $11,285.
Mike Maxey, who ran unsuccessfully against Chuck Horton, raised and spent the most, $21,030 and $21,030 respectively.
Incumbent Jim Luke came next, raising $15,953 and spending $15,900. He defeated Johnny Pritchett, who raised only $3,770 and spent $3,873.
Ester Porter, who ran against Hale in 2008, raised $3,606 and spent the same amount.
Board of Commissioners Chairman Melvin Davis raised $31,593 in his successful bid for reelection. Challenger Sarah Bell raised only $9,723 but lost to Davis by only 100 votes.
Beyond the Trestle posted an interview with Gilland today in which she said stated her position on several issues. She said she favors of an economic development partnership with Clarke County.
Thank you, Lee, for keeping us abreast on the filings. Is it true that, despite all the uproar about ill-timed raises and removing the NOHS principal, no one has stepped up to challenge a Board of Education seat? Is anyone surprised by this?
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