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Monika Johnson-Hostler leads in District 2 Wake school fundraising

Wake County school board Vice Chairwoman Monika Johnson-Hostler has raised the most money of any of the District 2 candidates.
Wake County school board Vice Chairwoman Monika Johnson-Hostler has raised the most money of any of the District 2 candidates. Monika Johnson Hostler

Wake County school board Vice Chairwoman Monika Johnson-Hostler has raised the most money of any of the candidates running in District 2.

Johnson-Hostler has raised $7,826.61 this election cycle and has $7,530.25 left, according to her latest campaign finance report. Peter Hochstaetter raised $5,523 and has $3,303.70 left, according to his latest report.

Mark Ivey has raised $1,744 and has $749.46 left, according to his latest report. Ivey suspended his campaign and is endorsing Hochstaetter.

Johnson-Hostler’s biggest contributor is Ronald McFarlane, who gave $2,500. The pharmacist is the husband of Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane.

Johnson-Hostler’s next biggest donor was the Democratic Women of Wake County, which gave $600. She also received $500 from the N.C. Realtors PAC.

Johnson-Hostler received more than $1,100 from fellow school board members Christine Kushner, Kevin Hill, Jim Martin and Zora Felton.

Some of her other donors include Raleigh City Councilman Corey Branch, Garner Councilman Ken Marshburn, state Rep. Yvonne Holley’s campaign and William Clifford, who is the husband of Yevonne Brannon of the Great Schools in Wake Coalition.

Hochstaetter doesn’t have one huge contributor as he’s instead reported a string of small donations. Not including an in-kind contribution from a different person, Hochstaetter’s biggest donor is Seth Lynch, an engineer at Nuvotronics who gave $500.

Hochstaetter also received a donation from state Rep. Paul Stam.

District 2 includes much of Garner, Willow Springs and parts of Southeast Raleigh, Fuquay-Varina and Knightdale.

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