Shaheen has raised most money in council races

chwright@macon.comOctober 20, 2013 

Telegraph reporter Christina M. Wright chatted live Oct. 10 with the Warner Robins mayoral candidates, including Mike Brashear, Chuck Chalk, Eva Folse, Daron Lee, Joe Musselwhite and Randy Toms.

MACON TELEGRAPH

WARNER ROBINS -- Campaign contribution filings for City Council candidates range in money raised, spent and on hand. Most races included reporting troubles.

Forms were due to the state no later than Oct. 7 for three of the council races. Forms for the Post 4 special election are due Monday.

Post 1

In the Post 1 at-large race, Mayor Chuck Shaheen has generated the most funds. He raised $14,669 compared with incumbent Mike Daley’s $4,039 and opponent Jeffrey Walker’s $353.

Walker, who donated his Social Security check to his campaign, spent his entire fund. Daley had $13 on hand, and Shaheen had $7,740 on hand.

Daley has also contributed all of the money to his campaign. Some of Shaheen’s contributions come from several well-known Warner Robins residents, such as his mother, Barbara Shaheen, but he did not contribute to his campaign.

Charlie Scott mailed in a form, according to the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission. However, he reported more than $5,000 in contributions, and that required him to submit the form online. Therefore, the state could not provide his report. Scott could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon.

Post 3

The least competitive race this year also has seen the least amount of finances reported.

Incumbent Paul Shealy reported he spent $773. He did not report how much he received in contributions.

Opponent Keith Lauritsen faxed in his form, so it was not available in the state’s database, but he provided a copy to The Telegraph. He contributed $252 of his own money to his campaign, which he spent on the qualifying fee. He had no funds on hand at the end of the reporting period.

Post 5

In Post 5, Richard “Chef” Weldon has generated the most contributions ($1,245). He had $100 on hand at the end of the reporting period. He has bought T-shirts, magnets and signs and had a campaign meeting dinner. Weldon did not list his qualifying fee as an expense.

Clifford Holmes loaned his campaign $1,151. He spent it on the qualifying fee and yard signs.

Holmes marked Dec. 31 as the date his report was due, so the state does not recognize it as the form that was due.

Another report will be due Oct. 25 before the Dec. 31 filing.

Liberty Kovach raised and spent $770.

To contact writer Christina M. Wright, call 256-9685.

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