New campaign finance reports show the pace of fundraising is picking up in Albemarle County. Updated totals from the Virginia Public Access Project show that Democrat Liz Palmer generated more than $22,000 by the end of last month for her campaign for the Samuel Miller District seat on the Board of Supervisors. A $7500 cash infusion from author and former Democratic member of the Mississippi legislature John Grisham represents nearly a third of Palmer’s total. Incumbent Republican Duane Snow has raised nearly $8400 for his reelection campaign in the Samuel Miller district. The totals for both candidates in the Rio District are more modest. with incumbent Republican Rodney Thomas raising just over $8000 for his relection bid, and Democratic challenger Brad Sheffield taking in more than $7600. Sheffield’s largest contribution is from Democrat Sonjia Smith, who was also a major contributor to Democrat David Slutzky’s 2009 campaign and the unsuccessful effort by Cynthia Neff to win the Rivanna District seat two years ago. Independent Diantha McKeel, who has no announced opponent in the Jack Jouett District, has raised more than $19,000 in her bid to replace retiring Independent Dennis Rooker. Her major contributors include Rooker and the same Sonjia Smith who contributed to many Democratic candidates. Smith is the wife of Michael Bills, Chairman of the Charlottesville Tomorrow Board of Directors.
Candidates For Albemarle’s Governing Board Accelerate Their Fundraising