Politics & Government

In commissioners race, Murrey has most funds

First-time candidate Dr. Dan Murrey has raised more money than other candidates for Mecklenburg County commissioner, and has the most cash on hand heading into the fall election season.

Murrey, an orthopedic surgeon, has raised $85,264 through June 30 and has $21,600 in the bank, according to a campaign finance report filed recently.

Murrey finished third in a five-way Democratic primary in May.

He will face Democrats Harold Cogdell and Jennifer Roberts, and Republicans Hal Jordan, Dan Ramirez and Susan Walker in the Nov. 4 general election. Republicans did not have an at-large primary.

Finance reports for the April 20-June 30 quarter were due Thursday for candidates for local and state office.

As of Monday, three commissioner candidates had not yet turned in their reports to the Board of Elections: District 3 incumbent Valerie Woodard, District 1 hopeful Rao Kommareddi and Ken Davies, who lost a primary bid for an at-large commissioner seat.

Woodard's campaign treasurer said she planned to file the report today. Woodard had submitted an amended first-quarter report, but her campaign did not realize she needed to turn in another report last week, said treasurer Paris Bostic-Jones.

Davies and Kommareddi couldn't be reached Monday.

Among the highlights of the report: the three Republicans running to replace Dan Bishop in District 5 each raised more than $20,000. Attorney Neil Cooksey, who won the primary, still has about $625 in the bank. He has no fall opponent.