Third-quarter campaign finance reports came due on Monday, Oct. 31, and Xpress looked at how much money Buncombe County Board of Commissioners candidates raised and where they spent that money.
The two candidates for Chair of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners have loaned their campaigns a combined total of $272,000. Democrat Brownie Newman loaned his campaign $42,000 and Republican Chuck Archerd loaned himself $230,000 according to the candidates’ campaign finance reports.
Newman reported that he raised $53,750 in the third quarter; the bulk of that money came from a $42,000 loan made to his campaign by Newman himself. Newman currently holds one of two District 1 seats on the board; he is not up for re-election this year.
Newman’s report states he spent $52,013 during the third quarter, with the largest expenditure being $41,947 with local television station WLOS.
You can view Newman’s third-quarter report here.
After this story ran, Xpress received an email with Archerd’s third-quarter campaign report. The report states he raised $268,757 with the bulk of that coming from a $230,000 personal loan from Archerd himself. The report also states Archerd spent $255,360 in the third quarter, with the majority of that money going to The Goss Agency, an Asheville-based marketing company.
The Board of Elections tells Xpress Archerd’s campaign report arrived via mail on Tuesday, Nov. 1 and was postmarked Oct. 31. It was received after Xpress requested campaign reports earlier on Nov. 1.
You can view Archerd’s third-quarter report here.
Also, as of Oct. 23, all campaign donations must be filed within 48 hours of receipt. Archerd filed one such report on Oct. 28 showing he received $1,000 from the N.C. Realtors PAC out of Greensboro.
In District 2, incumbent Republican Mike Fryar‘s third-quarter report states he raised $23,732 in the third quarter, for a total of $42,204 for the election cycle.
The report states he spent $30,514 in the third quarter. Fryar’s largest expenditure during the period was $6,363 to I Heart Media Co., a cluster of Asheville-based radio stations.
Fryar also filed a 48 hour report on Oct. 28 stating he received $1,000 from the N.C. Realtors PAC out of Greensboro.
You can view all of Fryar’s contributions and expenditures here.
Democratic challenger Nancy Nehls Nelson, report was not available when Xpress originally requested the reports but has since been made available. Her report states she raised $15,106 with $12,980 of that coming from individuals.
The report states Nehls Nelson spent $18,714 during the third quarter with the largest expenditure being $5,081 with Silver Muse Productions, an Asheville-based communications company.
You can view Nehls Nelson’s contributions and expenditures here.
District 3 (short-term)
David King, a Democrat running for the short-term District 3 seat, states he raised $27,057 in the third quarter, bringing his grand total to $29,082. King also received $1,000 from the N.C. Sierra Club PAC, which is based out of Raleigh.
His report states he spent $17,501.52 in the third quarter, with the largest expenditure being $7,409 to NC Voter Code, a campaign consulting company.
You can view all of King’s contributions and expenditures here.
King is facing Republican Robert Pressley. Pressley’s report states he raised $10,960 during the third quarter. One contribution of particular note is $2,896 from the Committee To Elect Miranda DeBruhl, whose resignation created the need for this race.
Pressley’s largest expenditure was $2,943 to an Ohio-based sign company.
You can view Pressley’s third quarter report here.
In the other District 3 race, incumbent Republican Joe Belcher‘s report states he raised $15,493 during the third quarter, with all but $500 coming from individual contributions.
The report states he spent $17,907 during the third quarter, with the largest expenditure being $4,567 to I Heart Media.
You can view Belcher’s entire third quarter report here.
Belcher’s opponent, Democrat Ed Hay, reported raising $13,256 during the third quarter.
The report states Hay spent $17,184 during the third quarter, with the largest expenditure being three payments totaling $10,667 to NC Voter Code.
You can view Hay’s entire third quarter report here.
In District 1 Jasmine Beach-Ferrara is running unopposed. Her report states she raised $987 in the third quarter.
You can view her third-quarter report here.
Xpress will update links to third-quarter and 48-hour reports as they come in.
In the meanwhile, you can view questionnaires with all of the county commissioner candidates in Xpress‘ election guide here.