Republican Edwin Peacock and Democrat Patrick Cannon have raised the most money for this falls Charlotte mayoral race, with both men having collected more than $120,000, according to campaign finance reports filed Friday.
Peacock, a former City Council member, has raised $126,874 and has $83,727 left to spend.
The campaign finance report is a sign that GOP donors are more enthusiastic about this years mayoral race than the 2011 election, when Republican Scott Stone lost badly to Anthony Foxx. For the entire campaign, Stone raised $127,000. Foxx, who is now U.S. Secretary of Transportation, got nearly 70 percent of the vote.
Peacock has a challenger in the Sept. 10 primary, David Michael Rice. He is expected to win that race easily, possibly allowing him to save much of his money for the November general election.
The top two Democrats in the mayors race are Cannon, the current Mayor Pro Tem, and James Mitchell, a council member from District 2.
Cannon is so far significantly ahead of Mitchell in the money race. He has raised $120,650 and has $109,012 left to spend. Mitchell has raised $34,456 and has $25,380 left to spend.
Mitchell has represented his District 2 seat since 1999, and has won re-election without having to raise much money. He initially said he was going to run for an at-large seat, but then announced in June he would run for mayor.
Cannon has been laying the groundwork for a mayoral run for several months, when rumors began swirling that Foxx was being considered for President Obamas cabinet. Foxx announced in early April he would not run for re-election.
Some of the citys influential business leaders including Ned Curran of the Bissell Companies, John Belk of Belk Inc., and developer John Crosland gave to both Peacock and Cannon.
Many donors are people who have business before the City Council.
For instance, one of Mitchells largest donors was Steve Luquire of the PR group Luquire George Andrews, who gave $1,000. Mitchell led City Council negotiations with the Carolina Panthers that resulted in the city giving the team $87.5 million for stadium renovations; Luquire did public relations for the pro football team.
One of Cannons biggest donors is Noah Lazes of the ARK Group, who gave $4,000. Cannon supported the ARK Groups unsuccessful bid to buy the Carolina Theater from the city, and the ARK Group is competing for a city contract to redevelop Eastland Mall.
Some of Peacocks largest donors include Kenneth Beuley of the Keith Corp. ($2,000); Derick Close of Springs Industries ($1,000); Jay Faison of Wirepath Home Systems ($4,000); J. Frank Harrison of Coca Cola Bottling Co. ($2,000); James Keffer of Keffer Auto Group ($2,500); and William Seymour of Primax Properties ($3,000).
Peacocks parents Ed and Gail Peacock each contributed $4,000.
Peacock said he is pleased to have raised more money than Cannon.
Six weeks of fundraising versus someone who has been in office for 16 years, and to beat him is great, Peacock said. We feel like we are just getting started.
Cannons largest donors include Radford Bennett, a restaurant owner ($2,000); William Bondenhamer of USA Parking ($4,000); land-use attorney Collin Brown ($1,000); attorney Karen Krupka Carroll ($2,000); developer and attorney Luther Cochrane ($2,000); R. Scott Coffman of Pinnacle Real Estate Investments ($2,000); John Collett of Collett & Associates ($3,000); Brian Dominick of Morehead Restaurant ($4,000); Barlyk Mendygaziyev, who is named as an entrepreneur ($4,000); developer Peter A. Pappas ($4,000); and Robert Stoltz, a Charlotte businessman and former chair of the N.C. Chamber ($4,000).
Mitchells biggest contributors include Lonnie Miles of Miles-McClellan Construction ($1,000); developer Peter A. Pappas ($1,000); land-use attorney Walter Fields ($1,000); and developer Johnny Harris of Lincoln Harris ($1,000).
The other Democrats running for mayor are Lucille Puckett and Gary Mitchell Dunn. They have not filed campaign finance reports.
The other Republican running for mayor, Rice, has not filed a campaign report either.
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