A Macon lawyer who’s never held public office is the leading fundraiser among Central Georgia candidates for General Assembly seats this year.

Senate candidate John F. Kennedyhas raised $98,840 through March 31 and has $63,467 on hand, according to reports filed with the state ethics commission.

His opponent, Spencer Price, has raised $33,585 but has spent more than he’s taken in. Price has a negative balance of nearly $18,000, the report say.

They’re both running in Senate District 18, where Cecil Staton is stepping down at the end of this year. They meet in the May 20 Republican primary. No Democrat has qualified to run for the seat.

Kennedy’s donors include: attorney Virgil Adams, attorney and Bibb school board member Jason Downey, Macon chamber of commerce president James Dyer, businessmen Roy Fickling and Bob Hatcher, Bibb County commission member Mallory Jones, attorney Daryl Morton, former judge Lamar Sizemore, and Yeoman’s Chevrolet.

Price is a doctor from Thomaston. His top donors include a Macon doctor and housewife, Bruce and Heather Burns, and Macon businessman Forrest Jackson.

Price challenged Staton in 2012 and lost the race in a runoff.

Senate District 18 includes Monroe, Crawford, Peach and parts of Bibb and Houston counties.

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