Davis holds small donations lead in Ward 2

Sep. 10, 2013 @ 08:54 AM

Eddie Davis has posted a modest early fundraising lead as he and three other candidates for the City Council Ward 2 seat jockey for position ahead of an Oct. 8 primary.

Davis told the Durham County Board of Elections he’s raised $3,780 so far in the race to succeed longtime council incumbent Howard Clement. The next-closest candidate, Del Mattioli, reported collecting $2,916 from donors.

Franklin Hanes said he’s raised $1,853 and Omar Beasley told the elections board he’s banked $1,250.

The raw donations figures from Beasley and Mattioli understated slightly the financial health of their campaigns.

Beasley started the campaign with $1,321 still in the bank from his unsuccessful 2012 run for a County Commissioners seat.

Meanwhile, Mattioli for cash-flow purposes seeded her campaign with $3,185 of her own money that she expects to reclaim later on as more donations come in.

None of the totals, however, comes close to matching the sort of fundraising prowess winning candidates demonstrated early in the two most recent races for open city council seats.

In 2007, then-challenger Farad Ali had banked $8,968 at a comparable point on his way to winning a council at-large seat. He was vying to replace former City Councilman Thomas Stith, who that year opted to run for mayor instead of for re-election. Stith lost to incumbent Mayor Bill Bell.

In 2011, after Ali announced he’d step down after one term, former school board member Steve Schewel ran to replace him and raked in $21,254 of donations before that year’s primary.

Fundraising isn’t the be-all of Durham elections: Stith lost to Bell in 2007 despite raising nearly $200,000 and outspending the mayor by about a four-to-one margin. But it does provide a test of organizational strength and of a candidate’s support base.

Davis, a former teacher, banked $50 donations from school board member Omega Curtis Parker and former Mayor Sylvia Kerckhoff. State Sen. Mike Woodard, former Ward 3 councilman, gave $100.

Mattioli, an investment adviser, received $100 from Clement’s wife, Annie Jones-Clement.

Hanes, a funeral-service owner, gave his own campaign $450. He also raised money through an Aug. 9 raffle.

Beasley, a bail bondsman, received $100 donations from local lawyers Bill Brian and Jay Ferguson, a $100 check from Ali and $150 from developer Carl Webb.

Election board officials also collected reports from this year’s mayoral candidates.

Bell has raised $100 so far in his re-election bid but started the race with $4,572 left from his past campaigns.

His 2011 general-election opponent, Sylvester Williams, has collected $740. Of that, $500 was from his wife, Barbara. In-kind contributions accounted for nearly all of the rest.

Political newcomer Michael Valentine reported raising $360. That included a $25 loan by Valentine to the campaign.

Ward 3 candidates Pam Karriker and Don Moffitt don’t have to file a report until Oct. 1 because they’re not involved in the primary. The same is true of unopposed Ward 1 incumbent Cora Cole-McFadden.

The candidates will be gathering this evening at the Durham County Library downtown at 300 N. Roxboro St. for an election forum. The sponsors of the event are the Inter-Neighborhood Council and the Durham County League of Women Voters.

The forum begins at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.