SPRINGFIELD — Republican Kristin Williamson is tops in fundraising among the three candidates for state representative in the 103rd House District, campaign disclosure reports show.
Williamson and Democrats Sam Rosenberg and Carol Ammons are seeking to replace retiring state Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, D-Urbana, in the House district that includes almost all of Champaign-Urbana.
The 28-year-old Champaign attorney reported nearly $14,000 in campaign contributions during a six-week period. He had $11,916 on hand on Dec. 31.
Rosenberg, who is running for office for the first time and officially declared his candidacy on Nov. 18, reported raising $13,727 plus $3,403 in in-kind contributions. He had $1,810 in expenditures.
Williamson, 32, director of public relations for Benefit Planning Consultants in Champaign, reported $1,530 in in-kind contributions, and $4,022 in expenditures.
Ammons, an Urbana City Council member, reported $5,770 in contributions since Nov. 20, $1,784 in expenditures and had $7,613 on hand on Dec. 31. She also had $459 in in-kind contributions.
Ammons and Rosenberg are opponents in the March 18 Democratic primary. Williamson is the only Republican contender for the Jakobsson seat.
Most of Rosenberg's $6,230 in itemized individual contributions came from donors in the Chicago area, where he grew up and received his undergraduate education. Locally he received $300 from Nooshin Meisami of Champaign and $250 from Joseph and Carolyn Phebus of Urbana. He also got $1,000 contributions from both the East Central Illinois Building and Construction Trades of Champaign and Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 149 of Savoy.
Meanwhile, most of Wiliamson's $7,385 in itemized contributions were from East Central Illinois, including $500 each from Anna Wall Scott of Urbana, and Stuart King and John Edwards of Champaign. James Ayers of Monticello, a member of the Parkland College board, gave her campaign fund $600, as did Frederick Floreth, a Litchfield lawyer.
Williamson also received $1,000 each from state Rep. Chad Hays of Catlin and state Sen. Jason Barickman of Bloomington.
Ammons reported $2,750 in itemized contributions, all of it from Champaign-Urbana. Her largest donations were $500 each from Wayne Williams and Imani Bazzell, both of Champaign. Other contributors included Sundiata Cha-Jua of Champaign and Mark Enslin of Urbana, $300 each; Gene Vanderport and Todd Rusk, both of Urbana, $250 each; and Stephen Kaufman of Urbana, Artice James of Champaign and Michael Baldwin & Catherine Gray of Urbana, all $200.
Ammons also received $300 from the AFL-CIO of Champaign County.