April 8, 2010 (Pensacola, FL) – In a remarkable show of campaign support, political newcomer Ashton Hayward on Thursday reported nearly $10,000 in campaign contributions raised in the first week of his campaign. The report, filed with the Escambia Supervisor of Elections, covers the fundraising period from January 1, 2010 to March 31, 2010. Hayward filed for office on March 23, making his campaign haul of $9,450 in seven days a significant achievement.
Hayward said he was pleased with his fundraising efforts but more work was to be done. “The outpouring of support has just been incredible,” said Hayward. “I’m really grateful to all the people who have contributed to the campaign so far, and to all those who have committed to support us over the next few weeks and months. This was a great first week of the campaign, and we’re just getting warmed up.”
The 40-year old businessman and Pensacola native said he planned to continue his fundraising efforts over the next several weeks and months leading up to the August primary, in addition to collecting petitions to qualify for the ballot, talking to voters in their neighborhoods, and developing a plan for the city.
“After our tremendous first week, and the events surrounding the Maritime Park over the last month, I remain convinced now more than ever that Pensacola is ready for new leadership,” Hayward said. “It won’t be easy, and there are big challenges and tough decisions to be made, but I believe that the citizens of Pensacola are ready to get on with the business of creating jobs, improving economic opportunity, and making Pensacola a place where people want to live and work.”
Campaign reports for all candidates for Mayor are due at the Supervisor of Elections office by April 12, 2010. Campaign reports for all candidates can be found at http://www.escambiavotes.com