Most candidates spend own money; Sundbeck gives big

Most candidates spend own money; Sundbeck gives big
Staff Writer

Most candidates for office in Clay County apparently are financing most of their campaigns from their own pockets, according to financial disclosures filed with the Circuit Court Clerk’s office by Friday’s deadline.

The most notable exception is Gene Brown, the school board chairman who is one of two people challenging incumbent District 1 Supervisor Lynn Horton in the Aug. 6 Democratic primary.

According to his disclosure, Brown has received $2,500 in contributions from Southern Ionics founder and Town Creek Farm owner Milton Sundbeck gave Brown $2,500, $1,500 on Jan. 27 and another $1,000 on March 22.

Brown spent $2,122.27 through April 30, the end of the period covered in the first campaign disclosure required during this year’s election cycle.

Horton reported no contributions and $700 in expenditures on his disclosure.

The third candidate, Marion McClenton, has not filed a report.

In the sheriff’s race, incumbent Eddie Scott reported receiving a $300 contribution from John Elliott, the manager of the Clay County Co-op and $1,498.99 in contributions under $100. He spent $1,106.50 through April 30 on his campaign for a third term.

His opponent, Jeremiah Staten, has not filed his disclosure.

In the race for the vacant Tax Assessor seat, Democrat Porsha Johnson Lee reported no contributions and $3,644.60 in expenditures. Mike Collier, who is running as a Libertarian and will meet Johnson in the November general election, has not filed his disclosure.

Incumbent Paige Lamkin is not seeking another term.

In the other supervisors races, District 2 incumbent Luke Lummus reported receiving no contributions and spending no money.

One of his challengers, Gary Gwathney, reported no donations and $1,586.09 in expenses. Another challenger, Daryl Thomas, reported $313.20 in expenses and no contributions. The fourth candidate, Rashaud Greenlee didn’t file a disclosure.

In District 3, challenger Willie “Lobo” Dean reported spending $3,313.25 while receiving no outside contributions. Incumbent R.B. Davis and challenger Heath Donahoo didn’t file disclosures.

In District 4, incumbent Shelton Deanes reported no expenses and no contributions while challenger Jerry Randle reported $500 in contributions from Sunbeck and $691.52 in expenditures.

District 5 incumbent Joe Chandler reported $450 in expenditures and no donations. One challenger, Jimmy McKee reported $500 in expenses. The third candidate, Billy Tribble, didn’t file a disclosure.

All the candidates are running as Democrats in the Aug. 6 primary. Runoffs, if needed, are Aug. 27. Collier is the only non-Democrat running.

Circuit Court candidate Wendy Fuller also has not filed a disclosure. Chancery Court Clerk Amy Berry and Coroner Alvin Carter, both of whom are running unopposed, and unopposed incumbent District 1 Constable Sherman Ivy all filed reports showing no contributions and no expenses.

Other candidates who have not filed disclosures Wendy Fuller in the Circuit Court Clerk’s race and incumbent District 2 constable Lewis Stafford who is running unopposed.

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.

In the race for Justice Court judge District 1, incumbent Thomas Hampton reported receiving no contributions while spending $786.75. His challenger Carl Carter also reported no contributions while spending $183.29.

In District 2, incumbent Chris McBrayer reported a $300 contribution from David Monteleone at 702 LLC and $693 in expenses. His opponent, Rebecca Gibson, didn’t file a disclosure.