Ryan White, a lawyer from South Charleston, raised over $80,000 to win a seat on the Kanawha County School Board, according to documents filed with the Kanawha County Clerk. That’s $57,000 more than any other candidate, according the Charleston Daily Mail. Not to mention, White is a first time candidate and raised more money than most people running for the State Legislature.
How much does Kanawha County spend on the average pupil? $11,303
According to data from 2010 from the non-partisan New America Foundation think tank. The state average is $12,153.
Where did the money come from?
The Daily Mail breaks it down:
- 31 contributions of $1,000 — the maximum allowed.
- 11 of those contributions came from out of the county or out of the state.
- 36 $500 contributions
What did he spend it on?
The Daily Mail printed the big-ticket items:
- $54,000 on a television ad
- $25,00 worth of mailers from an Austin, Texas company
What does a $54,000 TV ad look like?
Watch for yourself:
How much did his opponents spend?
To be fair—quite a lot. Combined, the seven candidates raise over $100,000.
How much did he win by?
Here are preliminary results from the County Clerk’s website:
- Ryan White – 14,318 or 22.91%
- Pete Thaw – 12,035 or 19.25%
- Becky Jordan – 9,488 or 15.18%
- Calvin McKinney – 8,922 or 14.27%
- Vic Sprouse – 8,922 or 13.33%
- Tracy White – 6,670 or 10,67%
- Curtis Robinson – 2,655 or 4.25%
- Write-in candidates – 87 votes or 0.14%