Running On A Shoestring Budget: Century Council Candidates File Finance Reports

July 10, 2018

In Escambia County, candidates for commission and other county offices often receive donations amounting to many tens of thousands of dollars, with some campaign war chests topping well over $100,000. But in Century, candidates run their grassroots campaigns on just a few donations usually amounting to just a few hundred dollars.

The first round of financial reports filed by candidates for the Century town council generally show small donation totals. The $360 raised so far by incumbent Ben Boutwell is the largest Century council campaign budget since 2011.

The total contributions to date to candidates are listed below.  Each candidate has paid the $51.07 qualifying fee out of their campaign funds; otherwise no one had expended any other funds.

Seat 3

  • Benjamin Boutwell received $360 in donations – including a personal donation of $40 to his own campaign and $20 from his wife.
  • Amanuel Dubose loaned $60 to his campaign.

Incumbent Boutwell will face challenger Dubose on the general election ballot on November 6.

Seat 4

  • Mary Bourgeois received $130 in donations including $100 from former mayor Freddie McCall.
  • John Johnston donated $85 to his campaign.
  • James Smith donated $76.07 to his campaign.

Bourgeois, Johnston and Smith will be on the August 28 primary ballot with a runoff in November if no candidate receives one vote more than 50 percent.

Seat 5

  • Sandra Jackson, who is running unopposed, loaned $77 to her campaign. graphic.


2 Responses to “Running On A Shoestring Budget: Century Council Candidates File Finance Reports”

  1. Chelleepea on July 10th, 2018 11:41 am

    They’re not running false negative campaigns on their opponents so they don’t need all that money. The most they will need are postcards or signs introducing themselves to the community. If they have been fairly active in the community it will speak louder than any expensive ad on tv.

  2. just sayin on July 10th, 2018 10:44 am

    These are some odd dollar amounts.

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