Aitken leading in campaign contributions in District 1 race

Matt Aitken is outpacing his competitors in campaign contributions in the race for Betty Beard’s District 1 seat on the Augusta Commission, having raised $5,355, according to documents filed this week with the Richmond County Board of Elections.

Bill Fennoy, whom Ms. Beard has endorsed, has raised $4,207 and Butch Palmer has raised $700, according to their contribution disclosure reports. JoRae Jenkins missed the filing deadline, but according to campaign co-manager Ian Dalbert a report will be submitted today saying she’s raised $1,364.

The money came from Ms. Jenkins herself and her campaign workers, Mr. Dalbert said. Because she’s filing two days late, Ms. Jenkins will be reported to the state Ethics Commission and fined $25, Board of Elections Executive Director Lynn Bailey said.

In the District 3 race, incumbent Joe Bowles has more than three times as much as challenger Cleveland O’Steen, having raised $2,353. Mr. O’Steen has raised $754, $631 of which came from himself.

The other District 3 challenger, Joy B. Mitchell-Booker, reported raising zero contributions.

In District 5, Bill Lockett has raised $12,016 to Bobby Hankerson’s $4,215. However, Mr. Lockett’s contributions include a $9,382 loan from himself.

Outpacing all of them in contributions is Marshal Steve Smith, who has raised $12,815, even though he’s running unopposed.

Because the race to fill the late Joe Scott’s Richmond County Board of Education seat is a special election, disclosure reports in that race aren’t due until Oct. 26.

Listed contributions of $101 or more include:

For Mr. Aitken, $1,000 from developer Clay Boardman, $1,000 from Caye Properties President Charles Caye Jr., $750 from Mr. Aitken himself and $250 from his campaign manager, Ed Presnell

For Mr. Fennoy, $1,000 from Washington, D.C.-based PRM Consulting

For Mr. Palmer, $500 from the Builder’s Association of Metro Augusta, which also donated $2,000 to Joe Bowles and $2,000 to Mr. Hankerson

For Mr. Hankerson, an $800 loan from himself, $160 from himself and $180 from campaign manager Eugene Hunt

For Marshal Smith, $500 from Regent Security, $500 from Busby’s Heating and Air Conditioning, $500 from Jim Hudson Lexus, $500 from Thompson Building Wrecking Co., $500 from French Market Grille and $250 from Jim Courson Realty

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Campaign contribution reports can be viewed online at www.augustaga.gov.

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