New Wake County school board member Susan Evans raised more than $40,000 in her successful bid to unseat incumbent Ron Margiotta,
In her final campaign report filed today, Evans reported raising $43,386.53 and spending $39.077.16. Margiotta hasn't filed his final report yet, but he had reported raising $52,748.31 as of Sept. 26.
But the funding gap between Evans, a Democrat, and Margiotta, a Republican, is a lot narrower considering all the outside money that was poured into the District 8 race.
The liberal Common Sense Matters spent at least $19,012.51 on mailers attacking Margiotta. Other liberal groups that sent mailers to District 8 haven't filed reports yet.
In the new report, Evans reported getting a series of small donations. Donors include State Auditor Beth Wood, former Wake County Democratic Party Chairman Jack Nichols and DRIVE, which is the political action committee for the Teamsters.
Evans had enough money left after the election to give $4,000 to Kevin Hill in the runoff election.
During the campaign, Evans biggest donors were John and Ann Campbell. Each gave her $4,000. She also got $3,000 from Capitol Broadcast CEO Jim Goodmon and $2,000 from Lettice Rhodes.
The Campbells, who combined gave at least $40,000 to the five Democratic school board candidates, kept a low public profile during the election. But Ann Campbell spoke at Tuesday's board meeting, where she argued that school administrators don't really know how much the new assignment plan will cost.
Campbell opened her remarks by saying she was "a stakeholder in Wake County schools as a parent, as a citizen and as a local businessperson."
"It's clear to me that we need to delay implementation of the half-baked, so-called choice assignment plan," Campbell said.
Following the public comments, Republican board member Deborah Prickett singled Campbell out. Prickett noted Campbell's campaign contributions to the Democratic board members "to help them be elected, which is certainly something she can do, that's her right as a citizen."
But Prickett added "I do want to say that because she classified herself as a stakeholder so I guess I was a little confused by that." She also asked Superintendent Tony Tata to comment on the cost analysis that was done.
Prickett's remarks about Campbell drew audible grumbling from the audience.
"I don't know how constructive this is," said Democratic board member Christine Kushner of Prickett's remarks.
"It's not," added Democratic board chairman Kevin Hill. "We need to move on with the agenda right now."