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Tommy Battle opens $200,000 fundraising lead in Huntsville mayor’s race

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HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — With the Aug. 28 municipal election fast approaching, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle has outraised both of his opponents by more than $200,000.

According to campaign finance records, Battle received $21,375 in contributions during the month of May. That takes his running tally to $238,960 since announcing his re-election bid in October.

“The response has been phenomenal,” David Driscoll, Battle’s campaign consultant, said Monday. “We’ve had over 400 different donors from all walks of life.”

Former three-term Huntsville Mayor Loretta Spencer isn’t having the same luck.

After a relatively strong April in which she raised $7,475, Spencer reported just $725 in contributions for the month of May.

Her fundraising total now stands at $36,650 since jumping into the race in late February. However, more than two-thirds of that amount came from a $25,000 personal loan.

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Spencer’s Montgomery-based campaign strategist, Brent Buchanan, said she is focused on interacting with voters one on one.

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