In Commission race, Brooks' donations nearly triple McClain's

Laurie McClain

Laurie McClain


Jace Brooks

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.


kevin 2 years, 11 months ago

Don't worry. We are not electing a career politician to run District one. The Suwanee former council member is not good for Gwinnett. What has he run? A 20,000 population little town that votes for everything because they are used to have enough money there to spend? This guy only lowered taxes on business, not homeowners. He will not know what to do when the money isn't there in Gwinnett to spend. I don't believe this "conservative "spin" everyone claims they are to win an election. There have been no transparency, which JAce claims he is, to verify all the things he claims in his flyer, especially about at 26% drop in crime. Suwanee crime has been up. Since 2006 or 07, Suwanee stopped making the top 10 "small town" list of best places. Jace was put up by the Suwanee City Council and tried ot block anyone else from getting qualified. His experience is a finance advisor, someone who tells you how to invest your money, not how to organize yourself. Most of the money donated to Jace, which isn't shown in any online transparent report like some candidates did for us, came from developers.

Laurie, you have our votes. We know you are not a politician nor or you supported by the left-leaning newsletter, "Gwinnett Forum." Enough of hiring more politicians here. Let someone new that has our interests at heart represent us. Wake up folks.

Forgot to add: stop putting your signs inside County right of ways. It is supposed to be illegal but Gwinnett is not enforcing that law when it suits them it appears.


kevin 2 years, 11 months ago

This candidate had better start looking at the Suwanee police reports. I hate to inform him of some facts but crimes has jumped big time in Suwanee.


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