It’s been called to my attention that I left off the name of Angelic Moore in the first draft of this story. It was written at 2am between legs of two very long road trips and was an inadvertent omission. My apologies to Ms. Moore. – CBH
There are 180 House districts in Georgia (and 56 Senate districts for those keeping score at home). We can’t cover each equally and despite the pleas from candidates and supporters from each that yours is “the most important election ever” we still will use our time and space judiciously here to try to highlight those that strike us as interesting in some way or another. And what’s the best way for us to gauge interest? Why money, of course.
I’ve met Angelic Moore, one of the current candidates for Georgia’s House district 54 – Ed Lindsey’s current seat – as she attended our last Peach Pundit (non-BBQ) road show. She’s well known around the inside baseball crowd and her last fundraising email in late June included host’s such as Senate Rules Chair Jeff Mullis, Insider Advantage’s Matt Towery, along with Senators Butch Miller, Mike Dugan, Steve Gooch, Jack Murphy, Jesse Stone, Ross Tolleson, and John Wilkinson. Reps Brett Harrell and Don Parsons were thrown in for good measure.
As of her June financial disclosure, she reported $26,431 cash contributions plus an additional $3,036.80 in kind contributions. Not a bad start.
And yet, she’s not the financial front runner for a job that pays a bit over $17,000 per year. That title – at least for the moment, belongs to candidate John McCloskey. McCloskey, a Buckhead resident and corporate attorney, raised $85,275 in cash, another $3,316.72 in kind, and dropped in a bit over $50K additional funds from his own pocket for good measure. Seems like we have a race on our hands.
Still, there appears to be at least one more ready to join in this fun. Rumors of a couple of additional candidates are circulating, but it appears one more is finalizing her decision and nearing an announcement. GOP insider and Buckhead businesswoman Loretta Lepore is said to be nearing an announcement that may come as early as this week. Lepore’s fundraising background and PR client list will easily add her into contention should she pull the trigger as expected.
This district, after all, represents the “Republican” part of Buckhead – where old money in Atlanta goes to die. A lot of that money is likely to find its way into this house race. And as such, it is one that we will follow. Join us if you will.