Cianciolo raises most among Chapel Hill Town Council candidates

tgrubb@newsobserver.comOctober 25, 2013 

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    Few candidates in the Carrboro and Hillsborough town board races filed required financial reports, indicating their campaigns did not meet the state’s $1,000 threshold. All four candidates filed reports in the race to fill two seats on the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of Education.

    Here’s what candidates reported:


    Lydia Lavelle (unopposed for mayor)

    • Starting balance: $1,209

    • Contributions: $0

    • Expenses: $308

    Board of Aldermen: Incumbents Jacquelyn Gist, Randee Haven-O’Donnell and Sammy Slade, and challengers Kurt Stolka and Al Vickers, did not file fund-raising reports.


    Jenn Weaver (Town Commissioner)

    • Starting balance: $0

    • Contributions: $2,270

    • Expenses: $1,269

    • Notable donors: Jack Cover, retired Raleigh resident, gave $500

    Hillsborough Board of Commissioners: Weaver’s opponents Kathleen Ferguson and Meighan Lela Carmichael did not file fund-raising reports

    CHCCS Board of Education

    James Barrett (incumbent)

    • Starting balance: $2.73

    • Contributions: $1,615

    • Expenses: $567

    • Notable donors: Family – Lia, Roberta, Paul and Joan Barrett – gave a total of $450; fellow school board member Jamzetta Bedford gave $40

    Shell Brownstein (incumbent)

    • Starting balance: $140

    • Contributions: $163

    • Expenses: $163

    Andrew Davidson

    • Starting balance: $95

    • Contributions: $698

    • Expenses: $677

    Ignacio Tzoumas

    • Starting balance: $1,500

    • Contributions: None listed

    • Expenses: None listed

— If campaign fundraising won local elections, Town Council candidates George Cianciolo, Sally Greene, Loren Hintz and Amy Ryan would take their seats.

State law requires candidates who raise $1,000 or more to file a report 35 days after the campaign begins with details about donors, bank accounts, loans and expenses to the Orange County Board of Elections. A second campaign report is due Oct. 28.

Incumbent Town Council candidate Ed Harrison did not file a report, nor did five Carrboro Board of Aldermen candidates and two Hillsborough Board of Town Commissioners candidates. All four Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Board of Education candidates filed reports.

In Chapel Hill, Duke University researcher Cianciolo surpassed eight other contenders for four Town Council seats by raising roughly $9,000, including a $3,000 loan to himself, reports show. He spent $4,500, primarily on a campaign website and signs.

Greene, a research attorney, raised $7,276 and spent $3,164.

Loren Hintz, a retired science teacher, raised $3,572, largely due to a $1,500 loan to himself and small donations from his sister and fellow and retired teachers. He spent $1,689.

Amy Ryan, a freelance editor, Planning Board member and Central West Steering Committee co-chair, raised $3,380 and spent $1,049.

Minister and educator Palmer raised $3,322 and spent $2,040.

Musician Paul Neebe reported loaning $1,000 to his campaign and spending $900.

Southern Village resident Gary Kahn, who started his campaign in July with $100, submitted a waiver to the elections board stating he didn’t plan to collect or spend more than $1,000 on his campaign. He has not reported spending any money.

The youngest candidate, D.C. Swinton, started with $25 in the bank and collected one $20 donation. So far, he’s only spent $19.02.

Nine of Cianciolo’s contributions were $250 to $300. An in-kind donation of 12 bottles of wine and flowers came from Melissa Cain, executive director of the Chapel Hill Public Library Foundation. The donation was used for a campaign event, the report stated; Cianciolo is the group’s past president and current liaison to the Library Board of Trustees.

He also received $100 donations from several well-known residents, including former Mayor Kenneth Broun, Council member Gene Pease, UNC School of Business Dean John Evans and developer D.R. Bryan.

Greene, who has maintained her Sally Greene for Town Council campaign committee since 2010, received two $300 donations from UNC professor Bernard Glassman and Leah Josephson, her campaign treasurer and a staff member at UNC’s N.C. Hillel organization.

She also received many smaller donations, including $200 from Central West Steering Committee co-chair Michael Parker, $150 from former Assistant Secretary of State Hodding Carter, and $100 from Chapel Hill Planning Board Chairman Jason Baker, developer Bryan and former Mayor Rosemary Waldorf, who works for Bryan. Other notable contributors include former Town Council member Joe Capowski, Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton and former state Sen. Ellie Kinnaird.

Although he is running unopposed, Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt also filed a report. According to the report, he collected $1,237 in campaign cash, including $280 from GlaxoSmithKline executive Rob Miller and $100 from James Hovland, the mayor of Edina, Minn. He spent $165.

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