by Jim Nintzel
We’ll have a lengthy look at the Republican candidates in the race to replace Pima County Supervisor Ann Day in this week's print edition, but while you’re waiting for that, campaign-finance reports covering fundraising through May 31 were due yesterday, so let’s take a quick look at what’s happening on the money front.
We’re sure that with the presidential race and the special congressional election that voters decided last month, a lot of donors are feeling tapped out by the time local candidates ask for a check. And the reports just covered activity between Jan. 1 and May 31.
That said, the GOP candidates aren’t yet showing that they can haul in a whole bunch of money. Here’s the breakdown:
• State Rep. Vic Williams had the most money in the bank—but he also had the fewest contributors. Williams had only raised about $2,500, but had loaned the campaign $125,000 of his own money. He also transferred $17,500 from an exploratory committee into his supes campaign back at the end of January. Williams had just over $136,000 left in the bank at the end of May.
• Stuart McDaniel, a mortgage broker and former campaign staffer for congressional candidate Jesse Kelly, had raised the most from contributors, bringing in just over $26,000. McDaniel had about $4,700 left in the bank at the end of May.
• Mike Hellon, a former congressional candidate and GOP national committeeman, had raised about $20,000 and loaned his campaign another $25,000. He had just over $40,000 left in the bank at the end of the reporting period.
• Ally Miller, a Tea Party activist, had raised just over $17,000 from individuals and has loaned her campaign about $7,000. She had about $6,600 left in the bank at the end of the reporting period.
The filling of the reports brought a press release from Democrat Nancy Young Wright, the former state lawmaker and Anphi School Board member who will face the winner of the Aug. 28 primary.
Team Wright noted that during the first five months of the year, Hellon had raised his $20,000 from 91 contributors. Williams’ $2,100 had come from just nine contributors. McDaniel had raised about $14,000 from 30 contributors. And Miller raised just under $13,000 from 99 contributors.
Wright, by contrast, had outdone all of them by raising more than $31,000 from 335 contributors without loaning her campaign a nickel.
That had Team Wright boasting that she had more contributors than all of the GOP campaigns put together since the start of the year.
Wright’s finance chair, Brian Clymer, said the finance reports “show a wide range of voters throughout District 1 support Nancy Young Wright’s vision for our community. … She will be a worthy successor to Ann Day.”
You can check out the finance reports for yourself here.