SUWANEE -- When it comes to campaign contributions, the race for the Gwinnett County Commission District 1 seat is beginning to be a lopsided affair.
Candidates Jace Brooks and Laurie McClain, both Republicans, recently filed their second quarter campaign finance reports to the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission. Brooks, a financial advisor and former Suwanee City Councilman, is running against McClain, a Suwanee accountant.
Brooks' bank roll of contributions was reported to be $35,476.13, nearly three times the amount McClain has raised, which is $11,931.
In the most recent period, from April through June, Brooks raised $21,351, and spent $13,461.37. To date Brooks, who announced he would run for the seat in September, has spent $19,683.04. He has a net balance of $15,793.09, according to the finance report.
McClain, who announced she would run in December, reported $2,881 raised in the second quarter, and spent $8,688.45. McClain has a net balance of $1,162.55.
Brooks' largest expenditures have been to The Stoneridge Group, an Alpharetta-based marketing company. Brooks spent $4,812.85 to The Stoneridge Group for print materials, lapel stickers and post cards since late April. Brooks also bought yard signs from Rome-based Hi-Tech Signs for $2,974.60.
McClain hired SSH Inc. a Sandy Springs-based company to provide consulting, printed materials and mailings at a cost of $7,243.29.
Sidney H. Theus, a Duluth resident and CEO of American Painting and Renovations Inc., and Karen Hill, a Braselton resident and an administrator with SKH Enterprises, each contributed $1,000 to McClain's campaign.
Nine of Brooks' contributors have given at least $1,000. Brand Properties, an Atlanta-based real estate investment group, contributed $2,500. Bartow Morgan, who is CEO of The Brand Banking Company, gave Brooks $2,500.
Roddy Sturdivant, a Stephens resident and owner of RSE Farms, contributed $2,000.