In the jumbled Democratic primary race for Charlotte City Council at-large seats, Julie Eiselt, Billy Maddalon and Mo Idlibby have raised by far the most money, according to the most recent campaign finance reports.
Eiselt has raised $65,273 through June 30, and has $53,455 left to spend. Eiselt is best known for forming a community group called Neighbors for a Safer Charlotte in 2007.
Her donors cover a broad swath of backgrounds, including some developers, business people and educators.
“It’s tough to raise money when half the city seems to be running,” Eiselt said.
She said she has built a network of donors from her 17 years of living in the city, where she has served on boards, educational groups and other nonprofits.
Maddalon, who runs a hospitality company that owns the Morehead Inn and the VanLandingham Estate, has served on council before. He was appointed in 2013 to fill the remainder of Patsy Kinsey’s term. Kinsey’s council seat opened when she replaced Anthony Foxx as mayor.
Maddalon has raised $50,788. He has $32,100 left to spend.
Like Eiselt, he drew from a diverse base of donors, including attorneys and others in the hospitality industry.
Idlibby has raised $45,700. He also loaned his campaign $100,000 of his own money.
He hasn’t spent any money through the end of June, according to his report.
“We started later than everyone else,” Idlibby said.
Twelve Democrats are running in the Sept. 15 primary for four at-large seats. Michael Barnes and David Howard, two at-large members, are running for mayor. That has created two open seats.
The two incumbents in the race, Vi Lyles and Claire Fallon, are in the next tier of candidates in terms of fundraising.
Lyles, first elected in 2013, started the race with just under $20,000. She has raised $15,760 and has $28,247 left to spend.
Fallon, who is seeking her third council term, has raised $17,130. She has $10,588 left.
Another former council member in the race, James “Smuggie” Mitchell, has raised $1,900.
The top four candidates from the primary will advance to the November general election.
Three Republicans in the race will automatically move to the general election. Of those candidates, John Powell, has raised the most. He has just under $29,000.
The other Democratic candidates trail: Sean Gautam ($25,425); Shawn Greeson ($5,255); and Bruce Clark ($1,160).
Darrell Bonapart, Laurence Bibbs and Aaron Sanders do not yet have campaign finance reports posted on the Mecklenburg Board of Elections website.
Republican David Michael Rice has not filed a report. Republican Pablo Carvajal’s report shows he has raised no money.