Councilman Kevin Stinnett has raised more money than his opponents in the crowded at-large Urban County Council race, which will decide who is the next vice mayor.
Stinnett, who was first elected to represent the Sixth District in 2004, has raised $51,651 this quarter and is flush with cash heading into the May 20 primary, according to reports filed last week with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance. Stinnett has raised $58,936 so far this election cycle.
Councilman Steve Kay came in a distant second with $29,716. Kay is the sole at-large incumbent in the race.
Thirteen candidates have filed to run for the three at-large seats, all four-year positions, in the May 20 primary. The six candidates who receive the most votes in the May primary will move on to the general election. In November, the top vote-getter will become vice mayor and the second- and third-place finishers will become at-large council members.
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Former Urban County Councilman Richard Moloney reported raising $23,275 this quarter, but has spent a lot. Moloney has $5,655 cash on hand heading into the primary, according to finance reports filed with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.
Kay has $23,766. Stinnett has $46,947, reports show.
According to his campaign finance reports, individual donors have contributed the most to Stinnett's campaign. But approximately $1,175 this quarter and $2,175 total have come from political action committees associated with the construction industry — Vulcan Materials, Home PAC and HDR Inc.
Stinnett has also received money from the Lexington firefighters.
"I am very honored and blessed to have many people in Lexington supporting me — especially those who own small businesses who make up the backbone of our community," Stinnett said.
Bill Cegelka, a former councilman who has previously run for Fayette County attorney, raised $13,850. He has spent $8,599 and has $5,250 cash on hand, records show. About $1,600 of that money came from PACs. Those political action committee donations include $150 from KY Water Pac, which supports Kentucky American Water; $500 from Construction Laborers; $250 from a Teamsters PAC; $200 from Operating Engineers; and $500 from IBEW PAC.
The vast majority of Kay's money came from individual donors with the exception of $500 from a PAC representing the law firm of Stoll, Keenon and Ogden.
Chris Logan, a pastor who has run unsuccessfully for the council and the state House, has raised $10,016. Logan has lent his campaign $2,500.
Shannon Buzard, a long-time community volunteer and first-time candidate, raised $470; she has spent $1,100. Buzard and her husband have lent her campaign $1,100.
Jon Larson, the current Fayette County judge-executive, raised $2,475 and had not spent anything, his reports show. Larson lent his campaign $1,500.
Jacob Slaughter, who runs a pedicab company, lent his campaign his total fundraising amount of $450 and has spent $251. He has $198.12 left.
Candidates are not required to file campaign finance reports 32 days prior to the electionif they plan to raise less than $3,000. Those candidates that did not file include Jerry Moody, Kenner "Pete" Dyer, Don Pratt, Ray DeBolt and Connie Kell.