The latest campaign finance reports show smaller scale fundraising in Charlottesville’s council elections, at least when it’s compared to the money totals for the Albemarle Board of Supervisors. New figures from the Virginia Public Access Project show that first-time City Council candidate Wes Bellamy has generated more than $3800 in contributions during the first five months of the year. Bellamy and four rivals are competing in the June 11th primary for the Democrats’ two slots on the November City Council ballot. The VPAP figures also show incumbent Vice-Mayor Kristin Szakos has received just under $3000 for her reelection bid, including a $1000 contribution to her own campaign. The fundraising totals are more modest for three other Democratic hopefuls, with Melvin Grady having raised nearly $1700, Adam Lees generating nearly $1500 with a little over 25% coming from his own pockets, and Bob Fenwick loaning $280 to his own campaign. Republicans Mike Farruggio and Buddy Weber, who will face the top two Democratic primary vote-getters in the fall, have generated more than $3000 and just over $2500 respectively. The two GOP nominees will appear on the city’s November 5th ballot.
Campaign Accounts Are More Modest In Charlottesville Council Race