Brookhaven mayoral candidate John Ernst has raised nearly $56,000 for his war chest, while fellow mayoral candidate Dale Boone lags far behind at around $3,900, according to campaign finance reports.
Ernst’s contributors include many attorneys, Democratic Party-connected activists and local leaders, including Brookhaven City Councilmen Joe Gebbia and John Park. Gebbia also contributed to Boone’s campaign.
Other Ernst contributors include Clarkston Mayor Edward Terry, former Brookhaven City Councilman Jim Eyre, former Georgia Secretary of State David Pothyress, and the campaign committees of current House District 80 state Rep. Taylor Bennett and former state Rep. Mike Jacobs.
Boone had a handful of donors, including some restaurant ownership groups. His campaign also reports more than $5,000 in debt.
Ernst has raised roughly $14 for every $1 Boone has raised. Ernst is heavily outspending his opponent as well, with almost $23,000 already paid or donated to various consultants, researchers and events. Boone has spent under $625, with his mayoral filing fee as the biggest expenditure.
In Brookhaven’s District 1 City Council race, incumbent Linley Jones reported about $42,500 cash on hand, while challenger Eve Erdogan reported only about $8,200.
A campaign finance report for District 3 City Councilman Bates Mattison, who is running unopposed, was not yet available. Candidates have until Oct. 8 to file campaign finance reports under a “grace period,” according to Brookhaven City Clerk Susan Hiott.