The latest campaign finance reports — and the last before the Nov. 8 election — in the Asheville City Council race show some candidates rapidly increasing their funds, though the amounts still remain lower than the last race in 2009.
The amounts raised, as of Oct. 31, are as follows, with links to the candidates’ reports. The amounts reported earlier this month, just before the primary, are in parentheses.
Mark Cates $33,522 (up from $20,011)
Marc Hunt $23,671 (up from $22,946)
Jan Davis $16,811 (up from $9,875)
Chris Pelly $14,658 (up from $11,054)
Lael Gray $12,895 (up from $9,784)
Saul Chase $9,090 (up from $8,740)
Cates’ campaign funds are bolstered by another infusion from the candidate: about two-thirds of Cates’ campaign funds have come from loans. Meanwhile, Davis’ leap in funds is from individual donors, including many local business owners, perhaps spurred by Davis’ fourth-place finish in the primary, which surprised some observers who expected the race’s only incumbent to make a stronger showing. Hunt, Pelly and Gray’s fundraising has remained relatively flat over the last month, but those candidates took the top three in the primary, respectively, and so might be feeling fairly secure. In addition, the three have been endorsed by the neighborhood advocacy group People Advocating Real Conservancy and the Sierra Club, both of which have actively campaigned for them.
Early voting is going on now, and continues through Nov. 5.