Wake County school board chairman Kevin Hill raised nearly $70,000 in his successful reelection bid this fall.
A new report filed today shows that Hill, a Democrat, raised $68,598 and spent $54,322 in the District 3 race. Heather Losurdo, a Republican, hasn't filed her final report yet. But she had reported raising $82,357 through Oct. 24.
Before this year, only one candidate had raised more than $50,000 in a Wake school board race. But at least four candidates hit that mark last fall during the high-stakes election.
Even though Hill raised less money than Losurdo. It's possible that all the third-party spending, including at least $82,000 from the liberal Common Sense Matters attacking Losurdo, means Hill and his supporters spent more.
In Hill's new report, the biggest donor was the $3,750 from the campaign committee of new Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane. It's listed as in-kind contributions for campaign management services.
Hill also got $3,000 from DRIVE, the political action committee of the Teamsters Union during the runoff.
Capitol Broadcasting CEO Jim Goodmon and pharmaceutical executives Ann Campbell and John Campbell all gave $2,000 during the runoff election.
Other runoff donors include former Superintendent Bill McNeal, Congressman David Price, Neil Riemann and Heather Koons.
The new report shows that campaign strategist Perry Woods received $36,039.52 during the campaign. Hill also paid the Democratic polling firm of Public Policy Polling $1,214.53 during the campaign.
Overall, Hill's biggest donors were the Campbells, who both gave $6,000 and Goodmon, who gave $5,000. They accounted for nearly 25 percent of his campaign funds.
Hill's election runoff win in November swept the Democrats back in control of the school board.