Judge Candidates Outspending Other Local Primary Races

April 22, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page

The latest local financial disclosure reports are in, providing a window into how much money candidates have raised and spent on advertising and other campaign materials from January 16 through March 31.

The most money spent in any race during the period was for General Sessions Judge at more than $13,500.

Incumbent Judge Bratten Cook, II showed receipts (contributions to his campaign) of $7,162 with only $800 of that in donations from others. The rest, $6,362 was Cook's own money. During the period, Judge Cook spent $5,780. His Democratic opponent, Margie Rigsby Miller reported
receipts totaling $6,552 of her own money. Disbursements (expenditures) totaled $7,785. The winner of the primary on May 6 will face Republican nominee Mingy Bryant in August.

In the race for Sheriff, Larry Flair reported disbursements of $6,196 and $7,550 in contributions including $3,800 of his own money for the campaign. His opponent in the primary, Michael Agee had $1,057 in total receipts and spent $1,182. The winner of the May 6th primary race will face incumbent Republican Sheriff Patrick Ray in August. Ray reported receipts of $2,000 during the quarter. He spent $1,062.

County Clerk candidate James L. Poss reported contributions of $6,439 which included $2,289 of his own funds. He spent $6,136. Incumbent
County Clerk Mike Clayborn reported disbursements of $1,842.

County Mayor Mike Foster put $2,950 of his own money into the campaign for re-election during the reporting period and spent $1,606. His
Democratic Primary opponent Tim Stribling showed receipts of $2,500, one thousand dollars of which was his own money. Stribling reported
disbursements of $1,867 for the period. The winner of the primary will face Republican nominee Chris Smithson and Independent candidate Chris Bratcher. Neither of them showed receipts or disbursements during the reporting period.

Democratic Road Supervisor candidate Jimmy Sprague reported $409 in contributions and $406 in expenditures. His Republican opponent Butch
Agee showed receipts of $4,800 including $3,700 of his own funds. Agee has spent $3,777.

Democratic Circuit Court Clerk Katherine Pack, who is unopposed, reported $700 in receipts and $280 in disbursements.

Democratic Register of Deeds Jeff McMillen, also unopposed, reported only $45 in receipts and disbursements during the period.

Another uncontested office holder, Republican Trustee Sean Driver showed $555 in expenditures.

The only county commission candidate who filed a campaign financial disclosure report is Jonathon Norris in the fourth district. He showed
receipts of $2,000 of his own money. He spent $1,561.

The two candidates for Smithville Mayor, Incumbent Jimmy W. Poss and challenger Wallace Caldwell, also filed reports. Poss showed
expenditures of $243. Caldwell reported $221 in disbursements.

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