Chapel Hill News

May 2, 2014

Blackwood, Hauser lead Orange campaign fundraising

Retired Sheriff’s Maj. Charles Blackwood bested his opponents by raising nearly $26,700 and spending $16,617 on this year’s primary race for Orange County sheriff, reports show.

Retired Sheriff’s Office Maj. Charles Blackwood has raised nearly $34,732 and spent $22,886 on this year’s primary race for Orange County sheriff, reports show.

The Orange County Board of Elections released first-quarter reports that show Blackwood raised $26,700 more than Hillsborough Police Officer Keith Webster, the sheriff’s candidate with the second-highest fundraising total. Blackwood spent $16,617 more than Webster.

Webster collected $8,033 and spent $6,269, reports show.

Many of Blackwood’s donors contributed $200 or less, but he also received $3,000 each from Chapel Hill dentist Edward Davidian Jr. and Myrtle Beach Realtor Ralph Teal Jr., and $2,500 from Quintiles President Steven McPhail.

Rounding out the sheriff’s race candidates were:

• David Caldwell, who raised $4,623 and spent $3,580
• Andy Cagle, who raised $4,270 and spent $3,500
• Larry Faucette, who raised $3,535 and spent $2,367
• Buddy Parker, who raised $2,271 and spent $2,271

Among the four candidates for two seats on the Orange County Board of Commissioners, at-large challenger Bonnie Hauser raised the most money – $12,264 – and spent $10,270.

Besides donations and loans totaling $2,400 from herself and her family, Hauser also reported receiving $2,000 from Maple View farmer Bob Nutter. Her donors included many local farming families, whom Hauser has worked with as founder of the rural advocacy group Orange County Voice.

Her opponent, incumbent commissioners Chairman Barry Jacobs, raised $8,991 and spent $4,432.

In the District 2 race, incumbent commissioners Vice Chairman Earl McKee raised $10,849, including a $1,000 donation from Nutter, and spent $5,662. His challenger Mark Marcoplos raised $3,310 and spent $2,861.

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