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Millions raised in lieutenant governor's race. A look at that and other candidates' cash on hand as May 24 primary nears
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Sen. Butch Miller

With two weeks left until Election Day for 2022 primary candidates, Sen. Butch Miller has more than $1.5 million left to spend, more than any other candidate for lieutenant governor. 

The Gainesville native has raised more than $3.6 million as of April 30, the most recent reporting deadline for campaign fundraising. 

His main Republican rival, Sen. Burt Jones, who has been endorsed by former president Donald Trump, has about $313,000 on hand, and has raised a little over $4 million throughout his campaign. That amount includes $2 million of Jones’ own money. 

Fundraising reports were also filed by other state candidates. 

Candidates’ cash on hand

How much candidates in these key races had on hand as of April 30

Lieutenant governor
  • Butch Miller: $1.5 million

  • Burt Jones: $313,027 

Senate District 49
  • Shelly Echols: $113,866

  • Scott Gibbs: $72,366 

  • Richard Straut: $6,230 

House District 28
  • Brent Cox: $31,251 

  • Tim Short: $25,452 

  • Julie Tressler: $13,000

  • Blake McClellan: $6,753

  • John Luchetti: $1,5288

  • Donald Lannom: $77

House District 30
  • Barry Sanders: $36,366 

  • Derrick McCollum: $30,568

  • Whitney Pimentel: $24,887

House District 31
  • Emory Dunahoo: $196,260

  • Don Clerici: $8,674

House District 100
  • Bonnie Rich: $155,728

  • David Clark: $29,032

Hall County’s state Senate District 49 race is set for a rematch between Hall County Commissioner Shelly Echols and former commissioner Scott Gibbs. Newcomer Richard Straut is also vying for the seat, which represents most of Hall County.

The seat was left open after Miller announced he would run for lieutenant governor in May 2021. 

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Three Republicans are running to replace Butch Miller in the state Senate. The primary is May 24.

Echols has outraised Gibbs by more than $100,000 with $113,866 left to spend as of April 30. 

Gibbs has $72,366 on hand, and he has loaned his campaign $65,525 of his own money.

Echols defeated Gibbs, who was the incumbent, for the District 3 commission seat in 2018 with 71.9% of the vote. 

Straut, a retired sergeant with the Atlanta Police Department, has $6,230 on hand. He's donated $3,625 to his campaign. 

Three Republicans are running for House District 30, left open after incumbent Rep. Emory Dunahoo, R-Gillsville, was drawn out of his district last fall. 

Barry Sanders, a small business owner in Buford, has about $36,366 left to spend, and his opponents aren’t far behind. Derrick McCollum, a former firefighter and Marine, has $30,568, while Whitney Pimentel, who is a speech pathologist in Flowery Branch, has $24,887 on hand. McCollum, who announced his candidacy last summer, has raised the most as of April 30, with $124,450. 

Dunahoo, now running in House District 31, which covers much of Jackson County and part of East Hall, has nearly $200,000 left to spend, far outraising his opponent Don Clerici. 

Rep. Bonnie Rich, R-Suwanee, has outpaced her Republican opponent, David Clark of Sugar Hill, in the race for House District 100, which covers part of South Hall, northwest Gwinnett and a portion of Forsyth County. 

Rich has about $155,000 left to spend, more than five times Clark. Rich has served in the House for four years representing District 97, and Clark has served eight years representing District 98, before redistricting drew them into District 100. 

Brent Cox leads a crowded field of six Republicans for House District 28, mostly covering northern Forsyth and a piece of West Hall. 

Cox has more than $31,000 left to spend, and his closest challenger, Tim Short, has $25,400 cash on hand. 

Early voting runs through May 20, and Election Day is May 24. Find more election coverage at gainesvilletimes.com/election2022.