Board of Education election – District 5, 6 and At Large 9 financial disclosures [Updated]


Atlanta Public School candidates for the Board of Education have filed their campaign disclosure report for the second quarter (see disclosure reports here). In a previous post (see here and here) I reviewed the campaign finance activity for the D-1, D-4, At Large 7 and At Large 8 races. The following is a review of the District 5, 6 and At Large 9 seats.

To start off, it is important to note that Lori James (AL-9) [Update – Lori James (AL-9) filed on 10/15], Raynard Johnson (D-5), (Kathy Green (D-5) dropped out), Dell Byrd (D-6) and Ann McKenzie (D-6) have not filed campaign disclosure reports as of this morning. The filing deadline for the reports was last Monday. As they have not filed reports, they are excluded from the discussion below.

District 5 – IT consultant Mary Palmer, small business owner Stephen Lee and realtor Charles Lawrence (Raynard Johnson and Kathy Green did not file reports)

Mary Palmer (D-5) has raised $8.6 thousand during the last quarter and after expenses has $5.7 thousand of cash on hand as of September 30th. Palmer received $175 (including in-kind) from the Atlanta Federation of Teachers and $175 from current BoE Chair Reuben McDaniel.

Stephen Lee (D-5) has raised $9.3 thousand during the last quarter and after expenses has $6.3 of cash on hand as of September 30th. He received $1,000 from Councilman Clarence Martin.

Charles Lawrence (D-5) raised less than $1,000 and has $27 of cash on hand as of September 30th.

District 6 – Educator and former attorney Eshe’ Collins and Shawnna Hayes-Tavares (Ann McKenzie and Kathy Green did not file reports)

Eshe’ Collins (D-6) has raised $27.4 thousand since the inception of the race and after expenses had $13.0 thousand of cash on hand as of September 30th. Collins received contributions from the Arthur Blank family ($5,000), the Giornelli family ($3,000), current BoE AL-8 candidate Mark Riley ($250), current AL-8 BoE candidate Reuben McDaniel ($250) and the Committee to Elect C.T. Martin ($500).

Shawnna Hayes-Tavares D-6) raised $17.5 since entering the race and after expenses has $6.3 thousand of cash on hand as of September 30th. Significant contributions came from the Committee to Re-Elect Yolanda Johnson ($1,650) who currently holds the seat but is not seeking re-election, Suntrust Bank ($1,000), Khaatim Sherrer El ($1,000) and Consulting & Beyond ($2,500) whose CEO is Monica Farmer and who is in business with current BoE Chair Reuben McDaniel. It is also interesting to note that McDaniel reported a $250 contribution to Hayes-Tavares in the second quarter, but Hayes-Tavares does not report the contribution in any of her financial disclosure reports.

At Large 9 – Attorney Jason Esteves, businessman Sean Norman, former East Point Councilman Eddie Lee Brewster, quality consultant Ed Johnson and Lori James (filed 10/15 did not file a report)

Jason Esteves (AL-9) has raised $43.0 thousand since the inception of the race and after expenses has $18.2 thousand of cash on hand as of September 30th. Major contributors include the Giornelli family ($5,000) and the Arthur Blank family ($5,000).

Sean Norman (AL-9) raised $11.5 thousand and after expenses has $5.7 thousand of cash on hand as of September 30th.

Eddie Lee Brewster (AL-9) raised $1.8 thousand and after expenses has $1.3 thousand of cash on hand as of September 30th.

Ed Johnson (AL-9) raised less than $594 and has no of cash on hand as of September 30th.

[Added] Lori James (AL-9) raised $11.6 and received a $6.0 thousand loan. As of September 30th, she had $5.7 thousand of cash on hand.

Now that most of the filings are in, in a later post I will review the slates of candidates that are being promoted by various interest groups or significant contributors. These will include Mayor Kasim Reed, former Mayor Shirley Franklin, the Giornelli family, the Arthur Blank family, the Committee to Elect C.T. Martin and the Atlanta Federation of Teachers among others.

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