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SD 43 candidate Tonya Anderson: March disclosure 3 months late


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Tonya Peterson Anderson (D-Lithonia)


District 43 (DeKalb, Rockdale & Newton counties)

Tonya Anderson

Tonya Anderso

Ex-Rep. Tonya Anderson plunked down the $400 qualifying fee for her 2016  Senate race in March, but she didn’t file the campaign disclosure that was due a couple weeks later.

Not until July 5, that is — after Atlanta Unfiltered had called her twice to ask where it was. (She didn’t return our calls, though.)

Anderson incurred a $75 penalty for filing her March 31 report three months late. A 2011 law set a stiffer fine of $1,375 for disclosures that are at least 45 days late; it’s never been enforced, though, because the state couldn’t afford to send late notices by certified mail as the statute required.

Even with the smaller fine, Anderson had accrued $1,250 in late fees earlier this year, according to the state ethics commission. All have now been paid.

Campaign website

Voting record

Born: 1968

Political career

  • Elected in 2005 to the Lithonia City Council.
  • Elected in 2008 as mayor of Lithonia; defeated for re-election in 2011, finishing second with 25%.
  • Elected in 2012 to the Georgia House, winning a primary runoff 51-49% by 17 votes; re-elected without opposition in 2014.
  • Lost a 2015 special election for the Georgia Senate by 84 votes (50.5% to 49.5%).
  • Won a 2016 primary runoff by 10 votes for Senate District 43; faces Sen. JaNice VanNess in the general election.

House committee assignments

  • Defense & Veterans Affairs (2013 – 2015)
  • Intragovernmental Coordination (2013 – 2015)
  • Regulated Industries (2015)
  • Special Rules (2013 – 2015)


  • Consultant/pastor.

Business ownership interests

  • None disclosed.

Other fiduciary positions

  •  None disclosed.

Real estate holdings

  • Personal residence in Lithonia valued at $146,000.

Other investments

  • None disclosed.

Payments from state agencies

  • None disclosed.

Tax issues

  • In January 2011, DeKalb County filed a lien on Anderson’s home for $2,933 in unpaid property taxes. The debt was marked as satisfied in December 2012, a month before she took the oath to become a state legislator.

Late filings

Anderson has paid $1,250 in late fees to the state ethics commission for missing deadlines on campaign and personal financial disclosures.

Campaign contributions

Anderson has raised more than $97,000 in political donations since 2011. She also loaned her 2015 Senate campaign $3,450, which was later paid back. The donation breakdown by election cycle:

  • 2011: $800
  • 2012: $6,104
  • 2013-14: $2,905
  • 2015 special election: $36,153
  • 2016: $51,231
  • Reported cash on hand (Oct. 2016): $13,712 in two accounts

Top donors

  • $12,026 Sen. Steve Henson & other Democratic lawmakers
  • $12,800 Georgia Trial Lawyers Association & leadership
  • $7,400 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
  • $6,500 International Brotherhood of Teamsters
  • $4,150 Atlanta & North Georgia Building Trades Council
  • $3,800 Laborers’ International Union of North America
  • $2,800 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees
  • $2,500 Georgia’s WIN List
  • $2,500 Shiver Hamilton LLC
  • $2,400 Progressive Employment Legislation PAC
  • $2,000 The Barnes Law Group LLC

Campaign-to-campaign donations

Candidates may give campaign funds to other candidates, a practice that some say provides a legal means to circumvent contribution limits. A 2003 bill to ban such transfers altogether passed in the Senate but died in the House. Anderson’s campaign has made no such donations.

Lobbyist freebies

Since 2012, lobbyists have reported paying more than $950 for meals and other gifts for Anderson. The big spenders:
  • $151 Georgia Beverage Association
  • $143 McGuire Woods Consulting

    Committee days & travel expenses

    When out of session, legislators may collect $173 per day plus mileage for committee meetings or other official business. Those living within 50 miles of the Capitol are taxed on these payments, originally intended to cover out-of-town members’ food and lodging.

  • 2013: $3,427 (14 days)
  • 2014: $3,550 (18 days)
  • 2015: $3,257 (16 days)

Updated Oct. 18, 2016





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