By ASHLEY AMASON
The winning primary candidates’ contributions beginning January 1, 2008 are as follows:
Superintendent Carlene Anderson received a total of $18,435 in contributions. Records show that 3.7 percent of her contributions came from committee donations, 33.3 percent came from business donations, and 63 percent came from individuals’ donations.
County Commissioner Cecilia Jones received a total of $44,648 in contributions, but $15,000 of that amount was donated by her. Of the rest, 50 percent of Jones’ contributions came from businesses and 50 percent came from individuals.
Sheriff candidate Michael Adkinson Jr. received a total of $69,629.24. Of that, $11,300 was donated by him. The majority of Adkinson’s contributions were provided by individuals in Walton County. Approximately 74 percent of Adkinson’s funds came as small individual donations, while 26 percent came from business donations.
County Commissioner Larry Jones received a total of $41,975, only $150 of which was donated by him. Three percent of Jones’ contributions came from committee donations. 47.5 percent was donated by individuals, and 49.5 percent was donated by businesses. Almost 82 percent of the businesses which donated to Jones’ campaign were real estate, resort, or land development companies in Destin and Santa Rosa Beach.
School Board member Mark Davis ran the most modest campaign, raising only $2,965, including $500 of his own. With only 11 contributions total, 63.6 percent was donated by individuals, 18.2 percent was donated by businesses, and 18.2 percent was donated by committees.
School Board incumbent Mildred Wilkerson received $8,474, only $200 of which was donated by her. Wilkerson by far received the most individual contributions, beating Adkinson by 16.7 percent. Records show that 9.3 percent of Wilkerson’s contributions was provided by businesses, and a huge 90.7 percent was provided by individual donations.
School Board hopeful Robert Nelson received $10,244.24. Four percent came from committee donations, 26 percent came from business donations, and 70 percent came from individuals donations.
Wilkerson will face Nelson in November to determine the winner of the school board race, and Mike Adkinson, a Republican, will face Democrat Danny Griffith for the position of county sheriff.