Those reports show Pridemore with the biggest campaign war chest of any of the four major candidates, with $188,535 cash on hand as of the Sept. 30 end of the quarterly reporting period. That amount included a $50,000 loan to her campaign from the candidate.
State House Minority Whip Ed Lindsey of Buckhead had the second-most cash on hand, $161,673, including $35,000 in loans to his campaign from himself.
Barr reported $101,057 cash on hand and former state Sen. Barry Loudermilk of Cassville had $64,122.
But contributions to Barr during the period outpaced those to the others.
Barr collected $165,560 from donors, followed by Pridemore ($102,841), Loudermilk ($77,109) and Lindsey ($53,987).
The four Republicans are running in next year’s party primary for the nomination to succeed Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta), who is running instead for U.S. Senate. No Democrats have yet announced for the congressional seat. The district includes most of west and north Cobb, Buckhead and Sandy Springs, and Bartow and Cherokee counties.
DONORS TO PRIDEMORE during the period included The Whitlock Inn innkeeper Alexis Amaden ($320 in kind), Smyrna attorney Christopher Anulewicz ($500), Georgia Trade School owner Joanna Blythe ($500) and Executive Director Ryan Blythe ($250), Ed Voyles Automotive VP/CFO William Brantley ($500), Re/Max broker Wendy Bunch ($1,000), Cobb Deputy Clerk Kim Carroll-Hawkins ($150), attorney Phyllis Gingrey Collins (daughter of the incumbent) ($100), Superior Plumbing owner Jay Cunningham ($1,000), retired banker John Demarest of Kennesaw ($100), retiree Dorsey Dodgen of Marietta ($200), Childress Klein Properties partner Connie Engel ($250), dentist Dr. William Farrar Jr. ($2,600), artist Linda Flournoy ($250) and Puckett EMS owner Rickie Shane Garrison ($500).
Also, attorney James Gingrey ($100), attorney Scott Gregory ($500), Bank of North Georgia President Vickie Haney ($500), Harper Southeastern Properties head William Harper ($2,000), George Hartzog of S.A. White Oil ($2,600) (whose wife, Kim Gresh, is serving as Pridemore’s campaign manager), attorney Doug Haynie ($500), PR consultant Jailene Hunter ($500), Steve Imler ($750), WellStar President/CEO Reynold Jennings ($1,000), attorney Jean Johnson ($500), homebuilder Mark Kirk ($300), Marietta Daily Journal salesperson Katelyn Ledford ($2,500), Hall County Schools administrator William Lovett ($250), State Farm Insurance agent Don Mabry ($250), Turner Broadcasting System attorney Gus Makris ($150), former Republican National Committeewoman Carolyn Meadows ($300), attorney John Morgan ($250), retired Caraustar exec Bob Prillaman ($500), Metro Ambulance President/CEO Pete Quinones ($2,600), attorney Bob Schnatmeier Jr. ($250), attorney Al Separk ($1,000), former Cobb Commission Chairman Earl Smith ($1,031 in-kind), Mel Stowers ($1,600), Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Diane Vaughan ($1,000), Georgia EMC President Paul Wood ($250) and Pam Younker of Children’s Healthcare ($500.)
DONORS TO BARR during the period included Bonaire gunstore/pawn shop owner Chuck Williams ($2,600), Cherokee County Manager Jerry Cooper ($600 in-kind), Velociteach owner Andy Crowe of Marietta ($2,600), lawyer Lance LoRusso of Marietta ($250), former Cobb School Board Chairman Gordon O’Neill of O’Neill Communications ($500), Realtor and former Cobb Commissioner Woody Thompson ($250), WellStar’s Reynold Jennings ($1,000), retired Tip-Top Poultry head Chet Austin ($250), BP Capital founder/principal T. Boone Pickens of Dallas, Texas ($500), Marietta lawyer Hylton Dupree ($1,000), GeorgiaLink Public Affairs Group counsel Boyd Pettit of Cartersville ($500), Quinones of Metro Ambulance ($2,600), Croy Engineering managing partner Jim Croy ($500), Adventure Outdoors owner Jay Wallace of Smyrna ($450), developer Taz Anderson of Buckhead ($2,600) and Phoenix Air owner Mark Thompson of Cartersville ($1,000).
DONORS TO LINDSEY during the period included Marietta attorney Fred Bentley Jr. ($250) and brother Randall Bentley ($250), Fernbank Museum VP James Breedlove of Atlanta ($250), Public Service Commissioner Chuck Eaton of Atlanta ($500), attorney David H. Gambrell of Atlanta ($100), former Fulton County Daily Report publisher Richard Gard, now of Missouri ($250), State Bank & Trust CEO Joseph Evans of Atlanta ($1,000), Emory University VP Charles Harman of Marietta ($500), attorney Bill Holley of Buckhead ($250), Coca-Cola exec Douglas Hopkins ($500), Aaron’s Rents founder Charles Loudermilk ($1,000), Northside Hospital President/CEO Robert Quattrocchi ($1,000) and Georgia Association of Convenience Stores President James Tudor ($250).
AND DONORS TO LOUDERMILK included Hamilton State Bank’s Caric Martin of Powder Springs ($500), attorneys Fred and Randall Bentley of Marietta ($250 each), Marietta CPA Tom Downs ($500), respiratory physician Dr. Melissa Rhodes of east Cobb ($1,000), Paul Chastain of Kennesaw ($250), Tip-Top Poultry administrator Jana Weidemann ($1,000), Phoenix Air VP Dent Thompson ($1,000), retired educator/legislator (and MDJ columnist) Roger Hines ($250), developer Barry Teague ($2,000), Advanced Protective Services partner Tim Farrow of Kennesaw ($300) and Acworth Cajun chef Henry Chandler ($360).
WELLSTAR HEALTH SYSTEM’s Reynold Jennings has been named CEO of the Year by the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals. He was honored for helping WellStar establish a 24/7neurosurgery team, win approval as a Level II Trauma Center, set up an award-winning 39-week elective delivery initiative for expectant mothers and new imaging technology that reduces radiation exposure. Jennings also has played a lead role in the development of the Center for Health Transformation, a multi-hospital, multi-state collaborative for creating and sharing best practices in health care.
GEORGIA Attorney General Sam Olens will headline a fundraiser for State Court Clerk Angie Davis and Chief Deputy Robin Bishop from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at The Whitlock Inn. Co-chairs include District Attorney Vic Reynolds, Sheriff Neil Warren, and state Sen. Lindsey Tippins.
THIS WEEK’S film shoot around Marietta Square in connection with the Jim Carry/Jeff Daniels flick “Dumb and Dumber To” caused Cobb Superior Court Judge Rob Leonard to have to give some unusual instructions to the jury in the murder trial he was conducting.
“Today I had to add an unusual instruction to my jury on a murder case as I released them for lunch,” he wrote on Facebook. “‘Ladies and gentlemen, don’t be alarmed if you see someone on a building with a sniper rifle aiming down at the Square, it’s for a movie scene.’ Hopefully that’s my last sniper-related cautionary instruction.”
COBB Superior Court Judge Mary Staley has been sporting a new look the past few weeks at the courthouse — a black-and-blue one. She has been holding forth on the bench while proudly sporting a “shiner” around her left eye. And hidden by her judicial robe are is a series of bruises from left hip to left foot, all courtesy of a nasty fall in Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield Park a couple of weeks back.
Staley and friend Rosemary Martin were walking their dogs down a steep hill when Staley’s dog, Sampson, jerked her forward and completely off her feet. She banged her face hard against a tree root as she landed.
“I literally went airborne,” she told Around Town. “That part was pretty neat. But the landing wasn’t.”