Local candidates report campaign donations

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By Caroline Curran, Reporter

Clarification: District 3 county commission candidate Jwantana Frink said while her reports were not at the board of elections office when a reporter audited campaign finance reports, they had been postmarked by the April 30 deadline date. An elections official confirmed she had received Frink’s campaign finance reports.

BOLIVIA—The price of politics is up. Way up.

Campaign finance reports for local and state candidates for the first quarter of 2012 were due Monday, April 30, and tens of thousands of dollars have been raised and spent in Brunswick County.

And we’re just in primary season.

In the District 5 county commissioners GOP primary, Republicans Frank Williams and Don Yousey are running to succeed longtime county commissioner Bill Sue, who is not seeking re-election.

Williams, who announced his bid back in August, has been raising money since he first announced his intentions of running for office. He has raised more money than any local candidates, and more than some state candidates.

Williams has raised $30,577 this election cycle. He raised $11,157 in the first quarter of 2012. Williams has spent $23,603 this election cycle and, as of April 30, he had $6,974 cash on hand.

Yousey raised $3,900, and reported having $537 cash on hand on April 30.

In the district 3 county commissioners race, three Republicans are trying to oust commissioner Charles Warren, who is seeking his second term. Warren signed an affidavit with the board of elections saying he does not plan to raise or spend more than $1,000 this election cycle.

Warren is being challenged by Joe Agovino, Jwantana Frink and Pat Sykes.

Agovino has raised $14,153. Agovino loaned his campaign $5,000, he received $1,000 from the Brunswick County Association of Realtors Political Action Committee (PAC).

As of April 30, Agovino had $3,905 cash on hand.

Sykes raised $11,962 during the first quarter. Many of Sykes’ contributions were smaller denominations, which required 62 pages of campaign finance reports. Sykes received $500 from the Realtors’ PAC. She spent $10,670, and had $1,292 cash on hand as of April 30.

Frink had not filed her campaign finance reports with the board of elections by April 30.

Caroline Curran is a staff writer with the Brunswick Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or ccurran@brunswickbeacon.com.