Mount Pleasant mayoral hopefuls Ken Glasson, Linda Page lead fundraising race
MOUNT PLEASANT — Town Councilman Ken Glasson has amassed the biggest war chest of any local candidate seeking election next month.
Glasson has raised $38,305 for his mayoral bid, a sum that includes a $13,000 loan, according to the most recent campaign spending reports on file with the State Ethics Commission.
If not for that borrowing, Glasson would have raised about as much as Councilwoman and mayoral candidate Linda Page, who has raised $25,757.
Both have raised significantly more than the three other mayoral hopefuls — former Councilman Joe Bustos ($13,150) and community activist George Freeman ($1,938). Taxi owner C. Carl Carroll Jr. filed no report and hasn’t been actively campaigning.
None of the candidates has amassed as much money as Billy Swails did during his successful 2009 run. Swails had raised about $62,000 at this point in his bid.
As they approach the campaign’s home stretch, Page has $16,461 on hand, while Glasson has $21,570. Bustos has $7,420 to spend, and Freeman has $1,492.
If none of the mayoral candidates get more than 50 percent of the vote on Nov. 5, the top two vote getters will meet again in an Nov. 19 runoff.
The eight candidates seeking one of four Town Council seats each have raised between $3,435 and $33,375.
Former Town Councilman Gary Santos raised the least amount, $3,435, though he also may have the highest name recognition because he previously served 13 years on Town Council and ran for mayor in 2009.
Former Town Councilman Paul Gawrych also has served several years, and he led the fund-raising with $33,375.
The other candidates, and the amount they reported raising, are: Political newcomer Anthony Kowbeidu ($20,699); former Councilman Timm Gipe ($16,048); incumbent Councilman Elton Carrier ($14,320); former East Cooper GOP leader Mark Smith ($13,295); political newcomer Ben Bryson ($8,600); and political newcomer Joseph Wren ($5,200).
There also is a possibility of a Nov. 19 runoff between the fourth- and fifth-place candidates, depending on the final Nov. 5 results.
Reach Robert Behre at 937-5771.