Newcomer ahead in fundraising for Thompson’s seat
by Geoff Folsom
gfolsom@mdjonline.com
April 13, 2012 12:00 AM | 2952 views | 5 5 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SOUTHWEST COBB — Political newcomer Lisa Cupid leads the three-person fundraising race for southwest Cobb’s place on the county’s Board of Commissioners. Incumbent Commissioner Woody Thompson, meanwhile, did not raise or spend any money in the three-month reporting period that ended March 31.

Connie Taylor, who has a background in economic development and real estate, rounds out the field of three who have currently filed with the state Campaign Finance Commission to run in the July 31 Democratic Primary in District 4. No Republicans have filed in the race.

Thompson said the lack of fundraising should not fuel speculation that he won’t run.

“We’re still two months out on that,” Thompson said. “We can do a fundraiser and raise money pretty quickly that way.”

Cupid, a Georgia Tech engineering graduate who served as a policy analyst for the state Office of Planning and Budget, raised $18,241 during the reporting period from Jan. 1 to March 31. She also lent her campaign $5,000. Cupid’s report lists her with a net balance on hand of $19,856.

More than half of Cupid’s funds raised in the recent reporting period, $10,466, were for less than $100. Those donations aren’t required to be itemized on the finance report. None were for more than $500.

A good portion of Cupid’s donations came from outside of Cobb County, including six from out-of-state.

Cupid, who was born in New York and raised outside Detroit, said many of her donations came from friends and family and people she has worked with in volunteer causes.

Among her notable donors were Kimberly Gresh, president of SA White Oil Co. Inc., who donated $250, and Nathaniel Riley Jr., an organizer of the STEM Academy charter school, who gave $150.

Taylor, who serves on the county’s SPLOST Oversight Committee and Board of Tax Assessors, reported donations of $3,265 during the first three months of 2012, the first period since she filed her candidacy. Of that, $490 came in donations of $100 or less.

Taylor listed no expenditures during the filing period, leaving her with all $3,265 on hand.

Several of Taylor’s donations were listed as “in kind,” including $1,000 for consulting from Diversified Resolutions Inc. of Atlanta, $975 in event catering from S.T.E.P.S. Event Planning Firm of Atlanta, $450 in photography from James L. Young Photography Inc. of Austell and $250 in event and space rental from Calvin & Christine Stanberry of Stone Mountain.

Taylor’s largest cash contribution was $1,000 from Benchmark Management LLC of Atlanta.

Cupid said how much Thompson raises will factor into how much money she feels she needs to raise.

“We just have to keep the momentum going and keep pushing so we can win on July 31,” she said.

Thompson is listed with a $2,139 on hand. His only contributions listed during the first three months of the year are $1.32 in interest collected.

Thompson said he is still awaiting a map of redrawn commission districts to be approved before deciding whether he wants to run again. He expects someone to file a federal lawsuit in the coming days, after which a judge will quickly put a map together, he said.

“As soon as we have a map, I’ll sit down with my consultant and look it over,” he said.

The state legislature was expected to draw a map during its recent session, but adjourned without doing so. The Cobb Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 to recommended a reapportionment map favored by Thompson because it didn’t divide the Mableton community between his and southeast Cobb Commissioner Bob Ott’s district.

Thompson represented District 4 for two terms, from 1997 to 2004, before being elected again in 2008.

Taylor, also a former president of the Cobb Democratic Women, was travelling and could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Ott, a Republican, is the only candidate listed in District 2, the other district commission seat up for re-election in 2012. Ott’s campaign contribution disclosure form listed contributions of $22,455 between January and March. He only spent $400 of that and has a net balance on hand of $22,231.
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April 17, 2012
congrats Lisa!! i wish you were running in my district.
SouthCobbLife
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April 15, 2012
OMG its so great to see someone so dedicated to South Cobb! Go Lisa!
Disgusted withit
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April 14, 2012
Bye bye Woody
I Agree
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April 14, 2012
People are supporting Lisa because she genuinely cares about people and her community. You go Lisa!
irked
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April 13, 2012
Lisa isn't a newcomer. She has been involved in her community for YEARS.
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