…and while he’s not a cinch to win the East Baton Rouge mayor-president race next month or the runoff in December, it does appear that he’s going to have the deepest reservoir of cash among the candidates.
White’s campaign just put this press release out earlier today…
Bodi White has raised a total of $551,025 to be put toward his candidacy for Mayor-President of East Baton Rouge Parish. White currently has $425,308 cash on hand.
“This election is very important for the people of East Baton Rouge Parish,” said White. “People are ready for a leader who can not only lead us through the flood recovery, but who can also address the issues that have plagued the parish for many years. I will work to help improve our public school system that is failing too many of our children, solve our high crime rate and ease our traffic congestion. My record makes me the most qualified candidate for this job.”
During this fundraising period, which stretched from August 1st to September 29th, White raised $152,905.
White is set to run his first television advertisement on Wednesday, October 12th.
White’s latest campaign disclosure form can be found here.
Meanwhile, here’s Sharon Weston Broome’s latest disclosure, which is less robust than White’s. She raised $82,000, spent $60,000, had $77,000 and is now sitting on $97,000, or a little more than a fifth of what White has.
Obviously, Broome won’t need as much as White in the runoff, but she’s going to need a get-out-the-vote operation for December because typical turnout for a race like that isn’t going to be all that strong when the presidential race isn’t on the ballot like it will be for the November primary.
As for C. Denise Marcelle, who is Broome’s major competitor for the black vote, she’s broke. Less than $8,000 in her campaign account. One thing to watch for in the final four weeks of the election cycle will be Marcelle’s support flowing to Broome and boosting her numbers in the polls which get released in advance of Election Day.
As of this writing John Delgado hasn’t filed his campaign disclosure, so we have no way of knowing if he has any money in his war chest – and no way of knowing whether the rumors that he’s been dipping into campaign funds to pay personal expenses are true.
And the most prominent independent candidate, Darryl Gissel, has also not yet filed his October form.