Bullard out-collects, -spends Vollor in judicial election|[7/27/06]

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 27, 2006

The challenger for a circuit-court judgeship here is leading the incumbent in both campaign donations and spending, required finance reports show.

Assistant District Attorney John Bullard has raised about 5.5 times as much as Judge Frank Vollor and spent about 2.6 times as much in the race for one of two circuit judgeships in Warren, Sharkey and Issaquena counties.

The reports, filed for the month that ended June 30, were the third of three monthly reports required so far. The election is Nov. 7.

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The reports, filed with the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office, show Bullard’s campaign has raised $17,987 from at least 10 sources and spent $6,808 with at least seven vendors.

Vollor has raised $3,250 from at least seven sources and spent $2,581 with at least four vendors.

Candidates must list only donations and expenses more than $200 each, but may list all.

In his May report Bullard reported donating $5,000 to his own campaign and receiving $2,500 from Betty Bullard, $1,500 from retired attorney Anne Bullard Gee and $1,000 from church secretary Allison Bullard. Bullard’s June report shows that he received $1,000 each from District Attorney Gil Martin and Vicksburg attorney Travis Vance and his July report shows he received $1,000 from Mrs. R.C. Wilkerson.

Bullard’s largest expenditure so far has been $4,406 to Signs First, his reports show.

Vollor’s May report shows he received $1,000 from Starkville attorney Austin Vollor. His June report shows he received $500 from Vicksburg attorney Paul Kelly Loyacono and his July report shows he received $1,000 from Vicksburg attorney Lucius B. Dabney Jr. and $500 from Jackson attorney Bob Owens.

Vollor’s largest listed expense is for $1,464 to Southern Printing and Ad Specialties of Flowood.

The 9th Circuit Court District has two judges to serve the three counties. All judicial races are nonpartisan and the Vollor-Bullard race is in Subdistrict 2, which is comprised of all or part of 15 Warren County voting precincts. Subdistrict 1 is made up of eight Warren County precincts and all of Sharkey and Issaquena counties. Judge Isadore Patrick serves in that post and is unopposed for a new, four-year term.

Vicksburg-based Chancellor Vicki Roach Barnes is being challenged by Vicksburg attorney Ceola James. July reports show Barnes’s campaign had received $1,000 and spent $13 and James’ campaign had received $500 and made no expenditures.

Warren, Sharkey, Issaquena, Humphreys, Sunflower and Washington compose the chancery district, which has three judgeships.

One school-board election is set for Warren County this year. The position is elected from District 2 and is held by Zelmarine Murphy. The filing period for candidacy for the office is Aug. 9 until Sept. 8. Candidates file with the Warren County Circuit Clerk’s Office, on the second floor of the Warren County Courthouse.

Also set to be voted on Nov. 7 are races for representatives from the 2nd U.S. House of Representatives District and one of Mississippi’s two seats in the U.S. Senate.

The House candidates are the Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, a Democrat from Bolton, and his Republican challenger, Mayor Yvonne R. Brown of Tchula.

In the Senate race Sen. Trent Lott, a Republican, is being challenged by state Rep. Erik Fleming, D-Clinton.