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District 3 incumbent Johnson
reports campaign finances 

By Chip Drago
Mobile Bay Times
Veteran Mobile City Councilman Clinton L. Johnson Sr. raised $16,550 for the latest campaign finance reporting period in his all-but-certain bid to win re-election to the District 3 seat on the Mobile City Council.

The Baptist preacher is a big favorite to claim a record sixth term in municipal elections Tuesday, Aug. 23. Johnson first won election as the District 3 representative in the city's inaugural mayor/council elections in 1985. District 3 encompasses much of southeast Mobile.

Johnson probably won't need to spend the $16,550 to defeat Alphonse Hardy, who is seen by many local political graybeards as opposition welcomed by both Johnson and Mobile mayoral candidate Sam Jones. Hardy poses little threat to Johnson, and indeed gives the 20-year incumbent reason to touch base with his supporters. Additionally, by bringing Johnson's name to the ballot, Hardy may generate a larger turnout of Johnson/Jones' voters in District 3.

The Johnson campaign opened the period with a balance of $4,314.25. The councilman spent only $2,601.37 to enter the final days before the election with $18,262.88 in the campaign coffers. 

Among Johnson's backers in the final pre-election financial disclosure were:

  The Johnson campaign's expenditures of $2,601.37 included $675, Cumulus Broadcasting; $550, ABC Signs; $355.24, Mobile Register; $300, First Baptist Church, Baltimore Street; and $300 for the "burial of a young man from B.C. Rain."

For complete details on the latest report from the Johnson campaign, click here.
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