Campaign war chests prove the difference in Milton



MILTON, Ga. — Contributions to Milton candidates proved fruitful in the Nov. 7 general election.

In the two contested seats, both candidates with the biggest war chest won their race.

Campaign Contribution Disclosure Reports from a week before the election show District 2, Post 1 election winner Laura Bentley garnered the most financial support among all candidates, followed closely by incumbent Mayor Joe Lockwood.

Bentley took 71 percent of the vote over incumbent Bill Lusk, while Lockwood retained his seat with 66 percent of voters over challenger Laura Rencher.

Bentley’s campaign contributions of $22,419 was 22 percent higher than Lusk’s.

Much of her funds rolled in the early going of the campaign. Less than 10 percent of her total funding came in the final month prior to the general election.

Not only did her campaign raise more funds, it also had 65 percent less in expenditures than that of her challenger.

Lusk’s campaign took in $18,000, but his failed campaign spent nearly $23,000 through campaign events, advertisements, campaign consultant fees and mailers.

Lockwood garnered just over $21,000 in donations, while his challenger, Laura Rencher, had just over a quarter of that at $4,555.

Their contributions also varied in the amount donated per contributor. Most contributions to Lockwood were over $250 while Rencher’s grassroots campaign earned half its funding from donations under $100.

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