It’s no surprise incumbent Jerry Carl is out-fundraising State Rep Margie Wilcox. Incumbents generally have that advantage. Looking at records from the Secretary of State’s Office, Jerry Carl has gotten 43% of his money this campaign from businesses and 43% from individuals. The rest comes from PACS.
“As a businessman it makes me feel good, it’s the business community telling you you’re doing something right,” said Commissioner Jerry Carl. While Carl’s raised $136,231.28, Wilcox raised $81,429. That’s 60% of Carl’s total.
“I think it shows a lot of people think I can do a lot better job than the current county commissioner,” said State Representative Margie Wilcox. More than a third of her money comes from her previous campaigns for state rep. In new donations more than ¼ comes from businesses, 20% from PACS and 16% from individuals. One of her top donors is former Lt. Governor turned lobbyist Steve Windom. He’s given at least $5,000. Personal friend and Revenue Commissioner Kim Hastie donated to Wilcox. It should come as little surprise that County Commissioner Connie Hudson also donated to Wilcox. Hudson frequently clashed with Jerry Carl during some tense County Commission meetings.
Carl has some friends at Government Plaza too. Attorney for Mobile County Jay Ross is a donor along with Mobile City Finance Director Paul Wesch. His top donor so far is developer Greg Saad who donated at least $10,000.
While Wilcox hasn’t raised as much money, she’s spending more. Wilcox spent 92% of her campaign funds as of a record dated February 12th. That same record shows Jerry Carl only spent 37% of his funds.
The last time this county commission seat was up for grabs the primary election was the de facto general election and it looks to be the same case this time around. There is no Democratic Candidate running for the Mobile County Commission district three seat. In the previous election Jerry Carl beat incumbent Mike Dean in a runoff. A runoff this time is virtually impossible.