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Diamond leads pack in Roswell campaign contributions
by Nicole Dow
October 30, 2013 12:46 PM | 1727 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Candidates for Roswell City Council brought in between $100 and $9,158 to fund their campaigns during the month of September.

Nancy Diamond, the post 6 incumbent, had the highest amount of contributions of the six candidates during the first full month after qualifying, according to disclosure reports filed with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission.

Her total contributions as of Oct. 2 were $9,158 and she spent $2,174 to have a net balance of $6,984.

Diamond’s largest campaign expenditure in September was her website.

She received a $2,500 contribution — the highest amount allowed in a municipal election — from Jeff McCoy, principal of Technipower. Mayor Jere Wood, who is running for re-election unopposed, donated $500 to her campaign.

Wood also donated $500 to post 5 incumbent Jerry Orlans.

Orlans had $5,982.57 in contributions by the end of September.

He spent $1,821.25 on items, which included mailers, ink, postage and mailing supplies.

Orlans’ largest campaign contributor last month was Doug Curling, founder of New Kent Capital, who donated $1,000.

Post 4 incumbent Kent Igleheart raised the least of the current council members during the month of September.

As of Oct. 4, his campaign contributions were $1,936 and he had a balance of $1,193.91 on hand after expenditures including the city’s qualifying fee and a campaign kick-off event at Dreamland BBQ.

“I always try to utilize local businesses whenever possible, but Dreamland holds a special place in my heart,” Igleheart said. “I’ve actually held all of my campaign kick-offs at Dreamland because back in 2000, they made a corporate decision to not accept a request to put a billboard on their property. I helped lead the effort to stop billboards in Roswell.”

Of the challengers for city council, Kendra Cox’s campaign balance totaled $1,734.45 by the end of September, Eric Schumacher’s campaign balance was $687.95 and Harvey Smith’s balance was $100.

Cox, a candidate for the post 6 seat, had $3,225.45 in contributions that first month and spent $1,491 on items including the city’s qualifying fee and professional headshots.

Schumacher, a post 5 candidate, had $2,556.75 in contributions in September, which included $400 from Sandra Mabry, retired Roswell Cultural Arts Center coordinator and wife of former Roswell Mayor Pug Mabry. Schumacher’s expenditures in September totaled $1,868.80 and included professional photography, cards, yard signs and his website.

Smith, the challenger for the post 4 council seat, opened his campaign account Sept. 26 with $100 and did not report any further contributions or expenditures for the month. He filed his campaign disclosure report late in October. The campaign contribution disclosure reports for the month of October were not available by press deadline. To view the reports, visit www.media.ethics.ga.gov.



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