Candidates raising funds for campaigns

Camie Young

Camie Young

Some local candidates have been pleased with their campaign fundraising, after reports for the last half of 2009 were due last week.

Josh Clark, one of three Republicans vying for the House District 98 seat, sent out a press release excited about the $25,427.88 he raised from 74 donors.

And Brett Harrell, who is seeking the 106th District seat, also raised nearly $30,000, but he had 140 contributors.

"In the tough economic times we are in, it is a true testament of support to have so many people invest in me at this early stage of the campaign," Harrell said in his own press release. "It is an honor to have the support of so many individuals willing to invest their hard earned dollars in me. These supporters know that I have a long record of taking action and delivering on vital issues, and they know I will continue that record at the State Capitol. And I won't let them down."

Clark said his support showed voters were interested in his "message of fresh solutions and conservative values."

"I'm very pleased with our initial fundraising report and I'm honored by the outpouring of volunteers and supporters who've joined our cause of fiscal responsibility, limited government, and accountability," said the attorney from Buford.

Clark is seeking the House district being vacated by Rep. Bobby Reese, who is running for Congress.

The other candidates in the upcoming GOP primary include attorney Jason Thompson, who raised about $13,000, and former county Chairman Wayne Hill, who raised $8,200.

The District 106 seat will be open because Rep. Melvin Everson is running for labor commissioner.

Also last week, Everson formally endorsed Harrell for the job.

The two worked together on the Snellville City Council, where Harrell served as mayor. Warren Auld, who replaced Everson on the council, is also running the GOP primary. He raised about $9,000, with Democrat Steffini Bethea bringing in nearly $2,500.

"When I made the decision to run for labor commissioner, I wanted to ensure that I left District 106 with a representative we could be proud of. That is why I called Brett Harrell," Everson said in a press release. "As mayor, Brett didn't just sit around and talk about the problems; he delivered. I saw it first hand. He cut taxes for five consecutive years, and reduced the overall burden of government by 52 percent. That's the kind of leader we need in the state House."

Camie Young can be reached via e-mail at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.