Mayor Nancy Denson is on pace to raise six figures for her re-election campaign. She raised $28,356 last month, bringing her total to $45,971, and had $35,055 cash on hand as of Jan. 31, according to a report filed Feb. 7 with the Athens-Clarke County Board of Elections.
Political and development figures are funding a big part of her campaign.
Denson's donors included Watkinsville City Councilman and Athens Downtown Development Authority board member Brian Brodrick ($200), former ACC Commissioner Charles Carter ($250), retired judge Joseph Gaines ($1,000), University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby ($200), liquor distributor and Board of Regents member Don Leebern ($1,200), Clerk of Court Beverly Logan ($250), Commissioner George Maxwell ($150), school board member and longtime D.C. Republican Carl Parks ($250), Tax Commissioner Mitch Schrader ($250), former Gov. Roy Barnes' law firm ($1,000) and Clarke County Democratic Committee Chairman Joe Wisenbaker ($250).
Denson's slogan is "Athens is open for business," and she also brought in a substantial amount of money from development and real estate circles, including downtown merchant and landlord Irvin Alhadeff ($250), zoning lawyer and past Athens Area Chamber of Commerce chairman Michael Morris ($500), developer Carl Nichols ($1,000), developer Mike Power ($250), student apartment developer Wes Rogers ($1,000) and commercial real estate agents Don Sumner ($250) and Gerry Whitworth ($250)
Nancy Denson's only opponent, Tim Denson, reported raising $1,620 in January and has $1,975 on hand. He received $250 each from retired lawyer and author Grady Thrasher, artist Kathy Prescott and homebuilder Michael Songster and $150 from University of Georgia professor and immigration activist Pamela Voekel.
Correction: Judge Gaines passed away. That's most likely his son. Thanks to Jay Hanley for the reminder.