Alex Wan raises $32,000 in District 6 council race

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imageAlex Wan, who led the field in fundraising for the District 6 post on the Atlanta City Council earlier this year, continued his aggressive efforts at raising cash, though contributions have slowed.

Wan raised $32,070 in the three-month period ending Sept. 30, less than the $51,421.50 he raised in the reporting period that covers April, May and June. Despite the slowdown, Wan enters the final month of the campaign with nearly $46,000 to fuel his campaign. Wan has raised $83,491.50 since he launched his campaign.

Wan is one of three gay men and six overall candidates hoping to replace Anne Fauver in District 6, which includes a large swath of Midtown and other heavily-gay neighborhoods. Wan’s campaign released his latest financial disclosure Wednesday, the last day campaigns for city offices can submit their reports to the municipal clerk.

The only other candidate to release the document is Miguel Gallegos, who raised $5,630 in donations, according to Southern Voice. He reported have no cash hand. Wan, Gallegos and Steve Brodie are the three gay candidates in the contest.

Other candidates in the race have not yet released the documents, which are then posted online.

When Wan led the field in financial disclosures released in June, only two other candidates were required to also file — Steve Brodie, who raised $21,325, and Liz Coyle, who raised $3,101.

Contributions to Wan’s campaign from LGBT donors include his partner, Joe Bechely ($275), Lawrie Demorest ($200), Joshua Newton ($500), Barbara Rubin ($250) and Ted Turek ($250).

In the reporting period that ended in June, Wan amassed donations from several LGBT people, including Ken Britt, co-chair of the board of the Human Rights Campaign, ($1,000); longtime activist E.D. Cofrin ($1,000); Paul Horning, a director of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund ($1,000); Tony Conway, who owns catering firm A Legendary Event ($1,000); communications consultant Drew Plant ($600); state Rep. Karla Drenner ($400) and Glen Paul Freedman, community relations manager for City Council President Lisa Borders ($101).

Wan’s largest expenditures during the latest reporting period include $10,200 to Campaign Manager Eric Gray; $13,700 to The Shapiro Group, a lesbian-owned political consulting firm; and $2,780.45 to for yard signs. The campaign also spent $100 to register for the Atlanta Pride Parade and $550 to secure a booth at the festival. Overall, the campaign spent $37,254.60 during the reporting period ending Sept. 30.

View Wan’s financial disclosure report. (pdf)


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