There’s no clear picture of how fundraising is going for all the candidates seeking seats on the new Macon-Bibb County consolidated commission, but a few facts stand out from the reports available so far.
Many of the 25 candidates for the nine-seat commission had only a few thousand dollars as of early July, and some had practically no money.
But in one race, at least, the financial imbalance is apparently huge. Macon City Councilman Larry Schlesinger is running for the District 2 seat against fellow Councilman Henry Ficklin and former mayoral candidate Paul Bronson.
Bronson doesn’t have a campaign finance report available on the Georgia Government Transparency & Campaign Finance Commission. Ficklin — whose latest filing appears, for some reason, under the heading for his previous council race — reported in early July that he raised $5,982, spent $4,999.52, and had $982.48 left.
Schlesinger reported $53,806 in contributions and $9,337.88 in spending by July 10 — leaving $44,468.12 on hand. That’s more than any other commission candidate has reported and more than most candidates for countywide mayor.
“People have been very supportive and are showing their support with their generosity,” Schlesinger said, adding that he’s “humbled” by his backers’ largesse.