Williamson has more money in fund than Ammons
URBANA — Urbana Republican Kristin Williamson reports having more than $47,000 in her campaign fund — some $15,500 more than her Democratic opponent, Urbana City Council member Carol Ammons.
Williamson's fundraising lead over Ammons — in a majority Democratic district — is a fresh indication that Republicans believe they have a chance to regain a legislative seat they last held 12 years ago.
Williamson, an Urbana Republican, is seeking to succeed retiring state Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, D-Urbana, in the Illinois House and to become the first Republican to represent the Champaign-Urbana district since Tom Berns in 2001-02.
Major contributors to her campaign included Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner and his wife Diana, who each gave Williamson $5,300. Former state Rep. Bill Black, R-Danville, gave $250. Thirty-two other individual donors gave a total of $13,000.
Further, Williamson received $10,750 in contributions from the campaign funds of seven Republican legislators, including $5,000 from the Downstate GOP fund headed by Reps. Wayne Rosenthal and Adam Brown, $1,000 from Sen. Jason Barickman of Bloomington, $500 from Rep. Chad Hays of Catlin and $250 from House Minority Leader Jim Durkin of Western Springs.
Ammons, meanwhile, reported having $31,488 on hand on June 30, and raising $36,469 in the quarter — to Williamson's $38,746. But Ammons spent $12,764 to Williamson's $7,242.
Major contributors to Ammons' campaign include the Illinois Laborer's Legislative Committee ($10,000), AFSCME Council 31 and SEIU Local 73 (each $5,000).
Ammons reported $6,980 in itemized contributions and $5,489 in non-itemized contributions. Among her itemized contributors was Champaign City Council member Will Kyles, a Republican who gave her campaign $200.
Williamson's $47,009 on hand on June 30 compares favorably with the amounts that other Republicans running in the district had in their campaign funds at this point in past years — but those candidates were running against Jakobsson, an incumbent. The best-funded Republican at this point in the campaign was Frank Calabrese, who in 2008 had $2,500 on hand. He ended up losing to Jakobsson, 72 percent to 28 percent.