Candidates Chris Burnett and Joe Houseman have spent over $48,000 combined in their battle for the Sandy Springs City Council District 3 seat, which voters will decide in the runoff on Tues., June 21.
Burnett leads Houseman in fundraising and spending, according to the latest campaign finance reports filed on June 17. Since mid-May, Burnett has raised about $14,000—$6,200 of that is self-loans—and spent about $17,300. Houseman has raised $8,600—$5,000 in self-loans—and spent almost $11,200.
Adding in campaign money from the original five-way May 24 election, Burnett has raised a total of over $30,000 and spent over $27,000, while Houseman has raised nearly $27,000 and spent over $21,000.
Burnett listed 16 contributors who gave more than $100. They included several attorneys and real estate leasing agents. Also on the list was the Atlanta Board of Realtors; the business law firm Burr & Forman; Clay Rolader, chief financial officer at the investment firm Fuqua Capital; and an executive at DRB Consulting, a construction project management consulting firm.
Houseman listed 19 $100-plus contributors, many reported as “retirees.” A couple were real estate agents and two were, like Houseman, airline pilots, one of them a McDonough, Ga., resident. Another contributor is an attorney at the business law firm Morris, Manning & Martin. One contributor’s occupation and employer were reported only as “on request.” Houseman’s report also incorrectly counted his personal loan as a contribution, but his campaign finance totals appear to add up properly.