Circuit race sees most early spending

DTL Staff
Staff Writer

Not surprisingly, the open Clay County Circuit Court race, which attracted five candidates, has seen the most campaign spending activity, according to the first round of financial disclosures reviewed for four of the five candidates.

According to the disclosures, Jeff Holcombe has spent $3,370.59 on campaign materials, Kim Brown Hood has spent$3,172.25, Barbara Jean Spraggins has spent $3,200, and James “Jimmy” Taggart has spent $2,210.45.

The report from the fifth candidate, Wendy Fuller, was not in by 10:30 a.m. Friday and will be reviewed next week. Candidates had until 5 p.m. Friday to file their reports, which covered the campaign period from Jan. 1 through April 30.

Holcombe, Spraggins and Taggart apparently spent their own money; none reported receiving any campaign contributions.

By contrast, Hood reported receiving $3,500 in contributions of $100 or more and another $550 in smaller contributions that aren’t required to be itemized. Her large contributions include$750 from Larry Sloan, of Orange Beach, Ala.; $700 from former District Attorney Forrest Allgood; $500 each from Bill Hood and Milton Sundbeck; $300 from Bobby and Mary Blackwell; and $250 each from Lewise Jackson, former Oktibbeha County sheriff Dolph Bryan, of Starkville, and his wife, Greta Bryan.

All five candidates are running as Democrats.

They will meet in the Aug. 6 Democratic primary. If no candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters will meet in an Aug. 27 runoff. The winner has no Republican or Independent opponent in the November general election.

Incumbent Bob Harrell is not seeking re-election.

Candidates must file updated financial reports detailing contributions and expenditures on June 10, July 10, and July 30 before the primary and then Aug. 20, Oct. 10, Oct. 29 and Nov. 10 as they close out their campaigns.