Independent Roanoke City Council candidate Michelle Dykstra raised more than twice as much as any other council candidate through the end of March, and five and 10 times as much as most others, according to new campaign finance data.

Dykstra raised $19,698 from January through March, and has spent $10,675, according to her campaign finance report, supplied to The Roanoke Times by the nonprofit Virginia Public Access Project.

Democrat Freeda Cathcart reported the next largest total for the period at $8,823. Cathcart has spent $6,273.

Democratic mayoral candidate Sherman Lea reported the largest total at $20,736, with $18,488 spent.

Among the remaining council candidates:

  • Democrat Trish White-Boyd raised $4,720 and spent $1,904.
  • Independent John Garland raised $4,347 and spent $562.
  • Democrat Anita Price, an incumbent in the race for Roanoke City Council, raised $2,075 in campaign contributions and spent $1,463 from January through March.
  • Independent E. Duane Howard raised $534 and spent $277.
  • Martin Jeffrey, a write-in candidate, did not file a report.

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Matt Chittum covers Roanoke City. A Roanoke native, he’s been at the Roanoke Times for more than two decades, having overcome an inauspicious start with a part-time clerical job.

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