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Jones' mayoral campaign
steaming toward finish line

By Chip Drago
Mobile Bay Times
Frontrunner Sam Jones' campaign to become Mobile's first black mayor raised more than $77,000 in the past three weeks, including $500 from Prichard's first black Mayor Jay Cooper, as the veteran county commissioner and City Councilman John Peavy neared their Sept. 13 showdown  for the city's top elected office.

The Jones' campaign spent almost $180,000 in the past month, according to his latest pre-election campaign finance report.

Jones polled 47.8 percent of the vote in the general election Aug. 23. Peavy received more than 25 percent of the vote to earn a spot in the runoff next week.

Among Jones' other notable financial
backers in the lastest filing were City
Councilman Fred Richardson's
re-election committee, $1,000;
U.S. Rep. Artur Davis, D-Ala.,
$1,000; $3,000 from Millennium
Mobile LLC, a concern based on
Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles that
hopes to build with city backing a
multi-story residential and retail
development in downtown Mobile;
$3,000 from prominent trial lawyers
Cunningham Bound, Yance, Crowder &
Brown; and $2,000 from Dow administration
City Attorney James E. Atchison.

Other recent contributors to Jones' campaign were:

The Jones' campaign's expenditures for the period included numerous adminstrative outlays for from $50 to $500 to a variety of individuals, $10,215 to Message Audience & Presentation; $3,830.74, Micro-Comm; $16,496, Message Audience & Presentation; $20,000, Luc Media; $75,000, Luc Media; $4,600, Luc Media; and $15,700, Luc Media.

Jones entered the campaign's closing days with a balance of $12,040.67.

Jones, an 18-year veteran of the Mobile County Commission, seeks to succeed four-term Mayor Mike Dow at the helm of the city. In the Aug. 23 preliminary election, he and Peavy eliminated former City Councilwoman Bess Rich and ex-state Sen. Ann Bedsole from the field..

Click here to view the complete details of the Jones' campaign's final pre-election financial disclosure.