Two Mt. Pleasant mayoral candidates surge ahead in fundraising

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Five candidates fighting for one spot and the Mount Pleasant mayoral race is a little more than a week away.

So far the candidates have raised a combined total of nearly $80,000 funding their campaigns.

Public information from the State Ethics Commission reveals Mount Pleasant Councilwoman Linda Page has the most amount of money raised from contributions coming in at $25,757.

So far Page has spent $9,295.45 with most of the money going towards printed material.

Mount Pleasant Councilman Kenneth Glasson has a fundraising total of $38,305. That total includes a $13,000 loan. Without the loan, Glasson's total falls below Page's fundraising total.

The report also shows Glasson is the only mayoral candidate to take out a loan.

According to the ethics commission report, so far he's spent more than $16,700. Most of that money was spent on billboard advertisements costing $16,000.

Glasson's campaign billboard for mayor can be seen by drivers on the Mount Pleasant side of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge.

Both, Glasson and Page are currently serving on the Mount Pleasant town council.

Page is not running for re-election for council and if Glasson doesn't come out on top for mayor, his term for council won't end until 2015.

Records show the other three candidates haven't raised as much money yet.

Former town councilman Joseph Bustos Jr's total raised is just over $13,000.

According to the ethics commission, candidate George Freeman has raised nearly $2,000.

As for Carl Carroll Jr., so far his spending information isn't available.

The candidates will be speaking and answering questions at a forum Tuesday evening from 7pm to 8pm.

The event will be hosted by The Conservative Republican Men's Group and will take place at the council chambers in the Mount Pleasant Town Hall.

Also on the November 5th ballot for Mount Pleasant will be eight candidates running for town council as well as four candidates running for the Mount Pleasant Waterworks.

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