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Rep. Chapman keeps calm on funds
Glynn County's native son remains close to the bottom in funding raised for the Republican primary for the 1st District U.S. House of Representatives campaign next year.

But state Rep. Jeff Chapman, R-Brunswick, isn't the least bit worried. In fact, he says, he's encouraged by what he sees.

In his initial filing with the Federal Election Commission, Chapman reported having raised $32,000. The figure is rounded off to the nearest thousand. Candidates for federal office are required to file financial reports with the commission quarterly.

Chapman is one of five Republicans who have announced intentions to seek the seat held by U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-1, who is forgoing re-election to enter the Republican primary to succeed U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., who is leaving Congress at the end of his term in December 2014. Kingston will vacate the House after 11 terms of office.

The three Republican candidates from Chatham County for the House seat lead the pack in both of money raised and borrowed.

Leading the group is state Sen. Buddy Carter, R-Pooler, with $232,000 in his campaign chest. The total includes $100,000 in loans.

David Schwarz, a former Kingston aide, is second, with $131,000. He reported no loans.

Third in dollars raised is Bob Johnson, a Savannah surgeon, with $107,000, including $65,000 in loans.

Chapman, noting he has just started raising money and currently has some $50,000 in accumulated donated funds, is inspired by what he considers to be the small amount of contributions reported by other candidates.

"I was shocked how little they raised," Chapman said. "They've (been) raising money for months now, and that's it? Based on that, we're very encouraged."

Chapman said he filed his report with the federal commission weeks before the July 15 deadline.

"It looks very good," Chapman said. "I have done a good job winning my home district. The working people know me and trust me. The business people know me, as well.

"There are a number of people who say they wished I hadn't run for governor, but they say they like that I am running for Congress."

Chapman unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for governor in 2010, after serving three terms in the state Senate.

Of those announcing an interest in succeeding Chambliss, U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, a Marietta Republican, reported having the most funds, at $2.56 million, just a few thousand dollars ahead of Kingston, who reported $2.53 million.

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