Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education candidate Meredith Pruitt is substantially outraising her opponents in the upcoming Nov. 2 election.
According to the 35-day financial disclosure report that was first filed in September, Pruitt, who is a registered Republican, has raised about $14,000 for her campaign — nearly seven times greater than the next-highest fundraiser.
Riza Jenkins raised about $2,100, and George Griffin raised about $1,000. The three other candidates in the race did not file a report. Candidates receiving less than $1,000 are not required to file a report.
Jason Roberts, a professor of political science at UNC, said that for municipal elections, the methods candidates use to raise money can vary.
“Typically, what most people do is they raise money from their friends and family,” Roberts said. “If you have a candidate who maybe is not from this area and hasn’t spent their whole life in this area, they may have family and connections in other places.”
Karen Herpel, a parent of three children in the district, said in an email that she was concerned about the influence of some of Pruitt's Republican donors, including John Preyer, Lauren Maddox and Margaret Spellings.
"I thought that people running for office should be transparent about their campaign and who their supporters are,” Herpel said.
Preyer, the vice chairperson of the UNC Board of Trustees, is one of Pruitt’s biggest donors, giving $1,000 to her campaign.
“I’d like to see better governance and leadership in Chapel Hill on all things ranging from the Town Council to the school board,” Preyer said.