Campaign disclosures for the special runoff election in District 3 between incumbent Denese Shinholster and challenger Donald Hill revealed Mayor Floyd Griffin Jr. donated $250 to Hill sometime between the end of this year’s general election and Nov. 30.
Griffin, an outspoken critic of the city council, which he described as a “do-nothing council” during his unsuccessful bid for reelection this year, did not comment on his donation when he was reached by telephone.
“I’m not surprised because (Griffin) has made it very clear to everybody that he wanted (the incumbents) off the council,” Shinholster said, when asked about the mayor’s pledge. “So the fact he donated to Mr. Hill is just proof he is continuing with that process.”
Hill, who held the District 3 seat for more than nine years before losing it to Shinholster by 34 votes in 2001, said Griffin’s donation did not deserve any special attention. It was a donation by citizen, and no political connotations should be attached to it.
“It was just a donation,” he said. “Anybody gives me a donation, I appreciate it. . . .(Griffin) understands I’m in a runoff, and because it takes more money in a runoff than it does in a normal election, he decided to give me a helping hand.”
In the period immediately following the general election on Nov. 8, Shinholster and Hill each collected $450 in contributions.
Shinholster spent $783.73 in that same time period on flyers, radio advertisements and postage, while Hill spent $1,134 newspaper advertisements and printing.
Early voting for the runoff election is already under way this week at the Baldwin County Courthouse. The runoff election is Tuesday, Dec. 6.
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