The first campaign contribution and spending reports are out for the contenders for the Arlington County Board seat, just as Democrats begin their two-day caucus to choose their nominee.
The money-collecting leader (at least through Dec. 31) is Libby Garvey, the Arlington School Board member who collected $33,940 and spent $7,851. Her biggest contributor? The Patsy Ticer Senate campaign, which kicked in $5,000, followed by Edward Hart Rice’s $2,000 and a pair of $1,000 contributions.
Melissa M. Bondi, a community activist who reported $30,941 in receipts and $21,017 in expenses, came in second. Britt Duque of Kingwood, Texas, donated $3,760 in-kind Web services, but six people gave $1,000 each in cash.
Kim Klingler, who has promoted her volunteer firefighter/EMT experience, raised $15,600, with $6,500 from her own pocket and the rest of the cash from donations of $500 or less. Her expenses were $9,429.
Terron D. Sims II, West Point graduate and Army veteran who compared his work in Baghdad to his Arlington campaign, raised $13,700 and spent $8,388. Seven of his top donations were $500, including one from the Jim Moran for Congress committee.
The Democrat nominee chosen tonight and Saturday will face Green Party candidate Audrey Clement and Republican Mark Kelly in the March 27 general election. Kelly, who just announced this week, has no campaign reports on file yet; Clement lost a three-way race in November to board members Walter Tejada and Mary Hynes. She took in $1,005 since that election.