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Gary Lewis providing nearly $20,000 in Wake school board campaign

Gary Lewis has provided nearly $20,000 to his campaign for the Wake County school board District 8 seat. He has significantly more money available than his two opponents.
Gary Lewis has provided nearly $20,000 to his campaign for the Wake County school board District 8 seat. He has significantly more money available than his two opponents. Gary Lewis

Gary Lewis is heavily funding his run for the Wake County school board, helping give him a major financial lead over his opponents in the District 8 race.

Lewis reported raising $24,541 this election cycle and having $11,099.27 left as of Oct. 22, according to his latest campaign report. Gil Pagan has raised $5.481.81 and has $590.73 left, according to his latest report.

Lindsay Mahaffey has raised $2,441.56 and has no cash on hand, according to her latest report.

Lewis has been the biggest donor to his campaign, providing $19,753.69. While some of the amount comes from in-kind contributions, the former IBM network architect wrote a $17,500 check to his campaign.

Lewis’ biggest outside donor is school board member Christine Kushner’s election campaign, which gave $1,250. Lewis also received $1,000 from the Raleigh Regional Association of Realtors and $800 from the campaign of school board member Jim Martin.

The District 8 seat is being vacated by school board member Susan Evans, who is running for the N.C. Senate. Lewis received a $200 donation from Evans’ husband, Charles Evans.

Lewis is a registered Republican in the officially non-partisan school board race. Lewis is working with Perry Woods, a longtime Democratic political consultant.

Pagan is also the biggest donor to his campaign, providing $4,161.81. His next biggest donor is John Calderon, CEO of Theracare, who gave $500.

Mahaffey has been her campaign’s sole donor, providing all $2,441.56 in in-kind contributions.

The disparity in funding has allowed Lewis to send campaign mailers while Pagan and Mahaffey have both relied on handing out less expensive palm cards.

District 8 includes Apex, Holly Springs and parts of Cary and Fuquay-Varina.

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