12 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7: The original version of this article contained a link to campaign finance reports on the Buncombe Board of Elections website, where candidate Mark Cates’ pre-primary report was actually a copy of the earlier report his campaign. According to Rachel Rathbone, who oversees campaign finance for the board, Cates’ campaign submitted the correct report, but the older one was displayed on the website due to an error. The proper report is now online. The figures in the original post were from hard copies of the reports, including Cates’, reviewed by Xpress in the Board of Elections, and remain accurate
The latest campaign funding reports came in this week, showing Asheville City Council candidates in the midst of heated fundraising leading into the primary election.
The pre-primary reports, filed earlier this week, show six candidates with increasing funds as election day nears. In some cases, candidates have more than doubled their funds since the last report (in early September). The total amounts raised are as follows, in order, with the amounts reported in early September in parentheses.
Marc Hunt $22,946 (up from $20,641)
Mark Cates $20,011 (up from $12,269)
Chris Pelly $11,054 (up from $9,841)
Jan Davis $9,875 (up from $3,591)
Lael Gray $9,784 (up from $6,734)
Saul Chase $8,740 (up from $7,880)
Candidates TJ Thomasson and Tim Peck each signed agreements to limit spending to under $1,000, so avoiding the legal requirement to report their campaigns’ finances.
The methods used to raise the funds vary. The majority of Hunt’s revenues, for example, are from individual donors, including a number of local business owners, that he gathered relatively early. Cates, meanwhile, has self-financed a large part of his campaign, though individual donors and some organizations (like the Republican Men’s Club) have also donated.
This is the last funding report required before the primary election on Oct. 11. The candidates have one more report due on Oct. 31, just before the Nov. 8 general election.
— David Forbes, senior news reporter