Not surprisingly, the candidate who has been in the District 4 race the longest, Rob Williamson, has the most campaign contributions so far. Williamson pre-filed to run last summer and made early monetary gains as the sole candidate.
According to the reports, 41 percent of Williamson’s contributions came from Santa Rosa County.The itemized campaign reports show more than $3,600 of his monetary contributions were made by donors from outside the area, many from family members living in south Florida and North Carolina.
According to the latest campaign reports filed Feb. 10 with the Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections Office, the second person to enter the race, Ruth Esser, has brought in $5,545.46 in total contributions so far.
Esser and James Broxson have the highest percentage of financial backers from Santa Rosa County with 81 percent and 76 percent, respectively. Broxson’s campaign finance reports show $3,942 in total contributions.
Andrea McDermott has three recorded contributions, including a personal loan. One supporter was from Santa Rosa, and the other was from Virginia. McDermott’s report shows $1,628.15 in total contributions.
The last candidate to enter the race,Yvonne Harper, has reported no campaign activity in the past two reporting periods. Her only contribution on record is a $100 loan to her campaign.
Williamson’s January financial report summary sheet showed $16,337.887 in monetary contributions, an inspection of the donations shows only $13,610 in contributions and $2,300 in personal loans for his campaign. It appears that Williamson erroneously included in-kind contributions, or donated goods and services, into his campaign’s total monetary contributions.
Supervisor of Elections Tappie Villane said,“Adding in-kind contributions to the monetary contributions is a common error because it (inkind contributions) is also shown on the summary sheet.”Villane said the errors are most common with candidates who have not gone through the process before.
The supervisor of elections’ website shows Esser and McDermott had also filed amended financial reports, while Broxson and Harper had not.
Candidates are expected to start focusing on raising money and kicking their campaigns into high gear in the coming months.The primary election will be held August 26, 2013.
As seen in the February 20 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as little as $38 per year.