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Loans fuel late Peavy push
to overcome Jones' lead

By Chip Drago
Mobile Bay Times
City Councilman John Peavy's campaign to overtake Sam Jones and claim the Mobile mayorship spent more than $250,000 during the past month, according to his pre-election financial report.

Peavy raised $85,163 and secured loans of $190,000 to boost his chances of overcoming Jones 47.8-25.3 lead in the Aug. 23 primary election. Jones fell short of the 50 percent plus one necessary to win the mayorship without a runoff.

Former City Councilwoman Bess Rich and civic leader Ann Bedsole combined for 27 percent of the vote. Both have endorsed Peavy in the Sept. 13 runoff while four-term incumbent Mayor Mike Dow has lined up behind Jones.

The Peavy campaign took out two loans -- one for $140,000 and another for $50,000. The larger loan was guaranteed by Doug Anderson, Russell Buffkin, John P. Case, Braxton Counts, Palmer Hamilton, Lamar Harrison, Dr. Mike Maitre, Matt McDonald, Peavy, Tommy Tyrell, Mike Thompson, Richard Weavil, Todd Martin and Mickie Russell. Guarantors of the $50,000 loan were many of the same individuals, excluding Hamilton, McDonald and Harrison, but adding Michael Tew.

Contributors to Peavy during the filing period included:

For complete details of Peavy's final pre-election finance report, click here.