By Lynn R. Mitchell
Brian Schoeneman’s first quarter fundraising numbers reflect a strong grassroots system with more than 85 percent of contributions from small donors for his Fairfax County Sully supervisor race. Final filing with the State Board of Elections will be April 15 but here are the unofficial results of the period covering January 1 through March 31, 2015, as provided on April 2 by the Schoeneman campaign:
- 161 unique donors $100 and under
- 188 unique donors total
- 85.6% of contributions were of $100 or less
- Average donation was approximately $46.53
- Total raised: $26,871.38
- Cash-on-hand: $12,585.47
Schoeneman announced his intention to run for the seat of retiring Supervisor Michael Frey on January 20, and has spent the past months campaigning extensively in the district and participating in candidate forums, all leading up to Republican primary.
Speaking on the results from a successful fundraising quarter, Brian noted:
“I’m pleased with our fundraising totals for the first quarter, especially given we’re in the middle of a three person Republican nomination contest. I am especially pleased with our number of donors and that we’ve been able to raise more than 85% of our funds from donors giving $100 or less. The number of unique donors to my campaign demonstrates the depth of support and the hard work we’ve put in to our grassroots-based organization. The key to a grassroots campaign is small dollar donations from as many supporters as possible.
“With this solid first quarter fundraising report, we have enough resources to run the grassroots, voter contact based campaign I envisioned when I announced for this seat. I look forward to continuing to take my positive Republican message about keeping Fairfax the greatest place to live, work and raise a family to the voters over the next few weeks and winning this nomination.”
Brian has received the endorsements of many well-respected leaders in the community and beyond including Congresswoman Barbara Comstock, Delegate Dave Albo, Fairfax County Supervisor Chairman Pat Herrity, Fairfax County Electoral Board Chairman Steve Hunt, former Fairfax County Republican Committee Chairman Jay McConville, Michael Thompson, Sr., Chairman and President, Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy; Elizabeth Schultz, Fairfax County School Board Member; Sang Yi, Korean American Republican Party of Virginia President; Elizabeth Minneman, Former College Republican Federation of Virginia Chairwoman (2014-15); Devon Flynn, George Mason University College Republicans Chairman and Sully resident; and Neb Yegezu, Northern Virginia Community College Republican Chairman, Annandale Campus.
The Firehouse Primary will be held on Saturday, April 25, at Westfield High School in Chantilly.