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Georgetown mayoral, city council Democrats raise far less than Republican counterparts

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Mayor Brendon Barber, Ronald McInnis and Dennzon Winley raised a little more than $15,700 during the third quarter, compared to the $87,000 Jonathan Angner, Jim Clements, Carol Jayroe and Jimmy Morris raised during the same time. File/Brad Nettles/Staff

GEORGETOWN — Georgetown's Democrat city council and mayoral candidates raised less than a fifth of what their Republican counterparts raised from July to mid-October.

Mayor Brendon Barber and council candidates Tupelo Humes, Ronald McInnis and Dennzon Winley raised a little more than $15,700 during the third quarter, compared to the $87,000 mayoral candidate Carol Jayroe, councilman Jonathan Angner and council hopefuls Jim Clements  and Jimmy Morris raised during the same time.

All four Democrats missed the filing deadline of Oct. 18 at midnight, but all got their reports in before the five-day grace period expired Oct. 25 at midnight. The election is Nov. 2.

Barber, seeking his second term in the mayor's office, raised $13,100 in a little over three months and finished the quarter with $10,818 cash in his campaign pocket.

Humes reported raising no money for his campaign this quarter, or giving himself any campaign loans. He ended the quarter with a negative campaign balance of $1,000, though, which is still up from the $1,352 negative balance he had at the beginning of it.

McInnis raised $1,350 this quarter and is left with $922 cash on hand. Winley raised $1,275 this quarter, giving him a total of $2,036 cash in his campaign pocket.

The four Republican city government candidates have said several times they are working together this election rather than as opponents. The city has been Democratically-controlled for as long as many residents can remember, and it has never in its history had a Republican mayor.

Deadlines for quarterly ethics filings are July 10, Oct. 10, Jan. 10 and April 10. If candidates still fail to file after the five-day grace period, fines increase $10 per day for the first 10 days, and $100 per day for each additional day the form is not filed.

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Demi Lawrence reports on Georgetown County for The Post and Courier. She graduated from Ball State University in 2020, and previously was an intern at The Herald Bulletin in Anderson, Indiana and Indianapolis Monthly.

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