City Council candidates 2019

Democratic Charlottesville City Council candidates Brian Pinkston (from left), Lloyd Snook, Bob Fenwick, Sena Magill and Michael Payne deliver their opening addresses during a Feb. 23, 2019, candidate forum at the Haven.

While Lloyd Snook raised the most, Brian Pinkston, Bellamy Brown and Paul Long were the only Charlottesville City Council candidates to not see a drop-off in campaign contributions in the latest reporting period.

Most candidates saw donations slow in the period leading into Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

The reports cover activity from April 1 to May 30.

Pinkston’s increased donations could indicate momentum ahead of the primary. Snook, however, maintains a commanding lead in total campaign fundraising and spending.

Pinkston and Snook join Bob Fenwick, Sena Magill and Michael Payne in seeking one of three nominations Tuesday.

The total raised so far by the primary hopefuls, $110,619, is more than double the amount of campaign contributions for the 2017 Democratic primary, though that race had only three candidates.

Long, Brown and John Hall hope to make the November ballot without party affiliation.

Snook received $15,980 in the reporting period, a more than 43% decrease from the first quarter of the year.

His biggest donation was $5,000 from novelist John Grisham, who lives in Albemarle County.

Snook also got a $2,500 donation from the Realtors Political Action Committee of Virginia and $1,000 from Fredric William Scott Jr. of Albemarle.

He received $250 from former congressional candidate Jane Dittmar, who also has contributed to Pinkston, and $150 from Charlottesville Clerk of Court Llezelle Dugger.

Snook received 36 donations of less than $100, totaling $3,030, second most among the candidates.

Snook spent $28,559 in the reporting period, mostly on television ad time, creating advertising and printing and sending mailers.

Throughout the campaign, Snook has raised a total of $44,413 and spent $35,528. He has $8,785 remaining.

Pinkston received $12,204 in the latest reporting period, a nearly 20% increase over his first report.

His biggest donations were $2,500 from the Realtors PAC and $1,500 from ShelterPAC, which represents builders.

Pinkston also received $250 each from Democratic Councilor Heather Hill and Philip d’Oronzio, CEO of Pilot Mortgage and a member of the city’s Housing Advisory Committee.

Pinkston spent $14,057 in the reporting period, including nearly $10,000 on mailers and shipping.

Pinkston had 25 small-dollar donations totaling $1,655 in the period.

Pinkston has raised $22,387 total leading up to the primary and spent $16,456. He has $5,930 remaining.

Payne received the third-most donations in the period with $7,768, a roughly 16% decrease from the previous reporting period.

His largest contribution was $1,000 from the Keystone Mountain Lakes Regional Council in Pittsburgh.

Payne also received 77 small-dollar donations, the most of all candidates, totaling $2,883.

Payne spent $2,393, mostly on ads, campaign events and marketing. He didn’t have any large expenditures in the period.

During the campaign, Payne has raised $17,050 total and spent $5,954. He has $11,096 remaining.

Magill saw the largest drop in donations from report to report, with a decrease of more than 50%.

She raised $3,848, with about half of that coming from ShelterPAC. She spent $6,927, with her biggest expenses being about $4,000 for mailers and a $1,000 deposit on advertising production.

Magill received 15 small-dollar donations totaling $815.

Despite the lower fundraising numbers, Magill has raised the second-highest total of all candidates so far in the race, with $25,080. She has spent $17,775 and has $7,305 remaining.

Fenwick was in a distant last among Democratic candidates in fundraising, with $841.

He received $250 from former city Mayor Tom Vandever and $100 from Albemarle County School Board member Steve Koleszar.

Fenwick spent $1,148, mostly on campaign signs. To date, he has raised a total of $1,689, spent $1,605 and has $84.86 remaining.

The three Democrats who prevail Tuesday will move on to the general election, which could feature several independent candidates.

Independent candidates have until Tuesday to file paperwork to make the November ballot.

Brown raised the most among the independent candidates, and exceeded Fenwick’s total for the campaign, although a majority of his funding came from in-kind contributions that he provided his campaign.

He’s the second candidate to report higher fundraising totals in the latest period after receiving only $50 in the previous period.

Brown reported $2,426 raised in the latest period. His only donation was $500 from Diana Seay.

Brown contributed $1,926 to his own campaign for marketing and computer software.

He spent a total of $2,130, including all of the in-kind contributions, as well as $204 for voter lists. He has $346 remaining in his war chest.

Long received $121 during the reporting period. Although it’s only a $46 increase over the amount from the first quarter, it makes him the third candidate to see a bump in fundraising in the latest period.

Long spent $200 on the candidate filing fee and provided his campaign a $200 loan. Throughout the campaign, he has raised $491, spent $275 and has $216 on hand.

Hall, who didn’t file a report in the previous reporting period, received no donations. He provided his campaign a $300 loan.

Dugger, who is unopposed, received $2,328 and has $3,572 remaining.

Four seats are also available on the Charlottesville School Board.

Incumbent James Bryant, who is seeking a full term, didn’t file a report. Board member Sherry Kraft, who hasn’t announced if she will seek re-election, also didn’t file a report.

Board member Jennifer McKeever, who hasn’t announced election plans, received no contributions and has $65.86.

Lashundra Bryson-Morsberger, who is seeking a seat on the board, raised no money during the reporting period.

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Nolan Stout is a reporter for The Daily Progress. Contact him at (434) 978-7274,, or @nstoutDP on Twitter and Facebook.

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