Wake County school board Chairman Tom Benton holds a sizable campaign fundraising edge over his opponents for the District 1 seat.
Benton has raised $7,805 this election cycle and has $6,982.13 left, according to his latest campaign report. Donald Agee was the next closest District 1 candidate with $3,110.97 raised and has $632.10 left, according to his latest report.
Sheila Ellis doesn’t technically report raising any money. Instead, her latest campaign report lists a $193.84 in-kind contribution from herself.
Mary Beth Ainsworth filed paperwork saying she intended to raise and spend less than $1,000.
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Benton’s biggest contributor is fellow school board member Christine Kushner. She gave $2,000, with $1,250 coming from her election campaign and $750 from herself personally.
Benton’s next biggest donor was the N.C. Association of Educators, whose PAC gave him $1,000. Next comes the Democratic Women of Wake County, which gave him $600.
Benton received $1,000 from the leaders of Wake Stone Corporation, including $250 from former school board member Tom Oxholm.
Benton, who has more than 40 years of education experience, has multiple small donations from current and retired Wake teachers and administrators such as Tom Dixon, David Martin, Diane Payne, Gerald Pickett, Walt Sherlin and John Williams.
Agee is the largest donor in his campaign, providing $1,412.95 in loans, cash and in-kind contributions.
Benton’s fundraising edge has allowed him to send out campaign mailers.
District 1 includes Wake Forest, Rolesville, Wendell, Zebulon and part of Knightdale.