Lynn Austin is out in front in the money race for the Bossier City Marshal’s office, having collected donations of $119,900 to date. That’s more than twice as much as his opponents combined.
Sam Wyatt has reported donations of $23,785 and Carl Richard $21,050. In addition, Austin loaned his campaign $50,000 at the beginning of the race, meaning that he has had $169,900 to work with.
There is nothing at all wrong or unethical in this. That’s just a lot of money in play for a city marshal’s race.
Compare this to the Shreveport City Marshal’s race in 2008 where both candidates (Charlie Caldwell and Mike Van Sant) raised a total of $110,285, less than Lynn Austin’s contributions alone. Caldwell, the winner, raised $40,060 and Van Sant $70,225.
From what I’m hearing, the race is much closer than the dollars would indicate. We’ll know next week.
You can check out the donations and expenditures for each candidate for yourself.