Wesson outraising Goodwin in House District 1

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By Jon Hawley
Staff Writer

Friday, July 20, 2018

Since this spring, Democratic House District 1 candidate Ron Wesson has raised more than three times what his Republican opponent, Ed Goodwin, has, based on the candidates’ latest campaign finance reports.

Wesson raised $13,263 from April 22 to June 30, while Goodwin raised only $4,159 in that time, according to their second-quarter reports.

Both reports were due last week, but the state didn't get Wesson's report until it came in the mail late Wednesday, according to a spokesman for the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement.

Wesson, a Bertie County commissioner and retired corporate executive, said his fundraising has put him “in good stead” for the House race to represent Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Perquimans, Tyrrell and Washington counties. He said his fundraising includes numerous, small donations since he’s been seeking support from constituents more than political or interest groups.

“I'm looking for broad appeal, not a big home run,” Wesson said.

Wesson's report shows his largest donations were $1,000 each from five sources, including Windsor and Ahoskie residents, plus the Southern States Police Benevolent Association Political Action Committee Fund. One notable local donor is Denauvo Robinson, an Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Board of Education member who gave $150.

Goodwin did not return a request for comment for this story.

His report shows he's the primary donor to his campaign, contributing $4,104 to date to cover expenses for materials and mileage. He's also received $1,000 from Paul Britton, of Edenton, manager of Jimbo's Jumbos.

Though Goodwin has raised less than Wesson, he's spent almost twice as much. Goodwin has spent $7,994 in the election to date, covering signage and other expenses during the Republican primary. Goodwin defeated Candice Hunter, of Hertford, in the GOP primary election in May.

Wesson faced no challenger in the primary, and has spent only $4,338. He only spent about $1,800 in the second quarter, largely to cover food and other expenses for campaign events.

All told, Wesson now has $17,765 cash on hand versus Goodwin's $7,362.

Asked how he would use his campaign funds, Wesson said he will continue focusing on social media and online promotion, plus other advertising and mailers. He suggested he won't buy many TV ads, however, given the expense involved.

Fundraising in House District 1 pales in comparison to fundraising in neighboring House District 6, where the candidates have raised more than $120,000 combined for the election to date.

Democratic candidate Tess Judge, of Dare, has raised almost $100,000 of that, compared to less than $26,000 for Bobby Hanig, a Republican and chairman of the Currituck County Board of Commissioners.

As for fundraising in the 11-county Senate District 1, the candidates have each raised about $90,000. The candidates are Washington County Commissioner Cole Phelps, Democrat, and state Rep. Bob Steinburg, R-Chowan.