Arledge remains top spender

Published 12:00 am Friday, November 15, 2002

[11/13/02]Warren County Court judicial candidate Robert C. Arledge continued to outspend his runoff opponent, Johnny Price, by about 10 to 1, finance reports show.

The two made Tuesday’s runoff ballot for the judgeship by garnering the top two vote totals in a five-candidate field in the Nov. 5 general election. Price narrowly missed winning the post outright in the general election, receiving 48.8 percent of the vote. Arledge received 16.3 percent.

The campaign committee for Arledge, 45, reported spending an additional $43,086, from Oct. 27 through Saturday, bringing its total for the campaign to $244,922. For the same period, Price’s committee spent an additional $3,791, bringing its total for the campaign to $23,734.

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Arledge’s committee’s report showed it employed an additional 26 people for canvassing or poll work, paying those new workers an average of $177 each. It also paid 20 other people an average of an additional $356 each. In addition to the $11,708 it spent on canvassing and poll workers during the period, it also paid an additional $8,151 for advertising, including an additional $4,937 to The Vicksburg Post.

The report showed Arledge continued to finance his own campaign, as he has pledged he would to assure impartiality.

The report filed by Price’s committee showed it spent $732 on food for a rally, $615 on advertisements in The Vicksburg Post, $552 for T-shirts and $360 on radio advertising.

It reported receiving one contribution, for $500 from the Chalmette Regional Council, identified as a local carpenter’s union.

Arledge’s campaign committee reported paying former Warren County Sheriff Paul Barrett an additional $2,065 for auto and other expenses and campaign manager Eric Rawlings, a former Vicksburg mayoral candidate, an additional $1,450.

Candidates are required to list those who donate or receive from election accounts more than a total of $200 during any one year.

The reports, which were due Tuesday in the Warren County Circuit Clerk’s Office, were the sixth the candidates were required to file. Periodic reports are required for all candidates until Jan. 31, and a final report is required when campaign committees stop accepting contributions or making campaign expenditures.

Tuesday’s ballot will also include a special election for constable in the Central District. Rudolph Walker and David Atwood II are the candidates.