They’ve helped Stephen Reily power his way toward raising more money than any council candidate in a primary election since city and county governments merged. The philanthropist has amassed a $134,450 war chest for his District 8 race, well ahead of his six Democratic opponents, The Courier-Journal reports today.
An executive of the West Louisville FoodPort, Reily has ponied up $40,000 of his own, in addition to the $94,450 raised from other donors, who are limited to $1,000 in per-person gifts. The newspaper says they include:
- 21c Museum Hotel founders Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson, and the hotel’s president, attorney Craig Greenberg
- David Jones Jr., CEO of Chrysalis Ventures and son of Humana co-founder David Jones Sr.
- Steven Trager, CEO of Republic Bank
- Louisville developer Gill Holland, who is also running for Metro Council this year
Reily’s personal fortune comes from his family’s Louisiana-based food and beverage company, according to the CJ.