Supervisor candidate Reul tops in collections, spending

Published 11:43 am Thursday, May 12, 2011

A political novice running for supervisor in District 2 leads the money chase in the first round of campaign finance reports filed in county and district races.

De Reul, a Missouri transplant, reported raising $8,270.80 on required spending and fundraising reports. All was spent and no cash remains on hand, according to totals submitted by Tuesday’s deadline for campaign activity from Jan. 1 through April 30.

Two contributions marked as corporate donors were from The Duff Green Mansion operator Harry Sharp and from Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery, at $250 each. Each was dated after the reporting period ended. One $2,500 contribution was listed as an “envelope in my door” from an anonymous donor. More than $6,000 was spent on print advertising and paying campaign workers, the report shows. Mississippi law mandates full disclosure of contributions of more than $200.

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Reports on campaign cash were received by 20 of 38 candidates in contested races for chancery clerk, circuit clerk, sheriff, tax assessor, tax collector and five county supervisor seats, according to the circuit clerk’s office. Nine incumbents are unopposed. The primary is Aug. 2 and the general election is Nov. 7.

Reul is an independent in the race for the north Vicksburg seat on the Board of Supervisors. Incumbent William Banks, a Democrat, is opposed in the primary by city zoning board member Tommie Rawlings. Banks reported $300 raised and $125 cash left on hand. Republican Trey Smith reported no money spent or raised. No report was received from Rawlings.

No reports were received from Sheriff Martin Pace or challenger Bubba Comans, who filed for sheriff as a Democrat.

Warren County’s three incumbent state legislators have drawn no challengers to date. Qualifying ends June 1. State Rep. George Flaggs, D-Vicksburg, reported $3,950 in contributions for the period and $36,104.38 on hand. The largest individual donor was Bank of Brookhaven, at $1,000. State Rep. Alex Monsour, R-Vicksburg, reported $1,250 taken in this year, $1000 of it from local physician Dr. Stephen Sudderth. Monsour reported $12,815.04 on hand. State Sen. Briggs Hopson, R-Vicksburg, reported $1,550 in contributions this year and $70,284.46 on hand. The largest individual donor was Old River Investments LLC, at $1,000.

Doug Tanner, a local jeweler and tax assessor candidate, reported $5,350 raised for the period, with $4,500 from himself. Ben Luckett, a deputy tax assessor, reported $5,155 taken in and $2,758 on hand. All but $550 was reported as small contributions less than $200 each. Both are independents. Angela Brown, an appraiser in the tax assessor’s office, reported $1,540 raised and $996.40 on hand. Republican Mike Caruthers reported no money raised or spent. No report was received from Democrat Gary Lick.

The general election winner succeeds retiring incumbent Richard Holland.

District 1 Supervisor David McDonald reported $5,200 raised and $2,751 on hand. McDonald listed a home-based land development company as having kicked in $4,000. One of two Republican primary opponents, Joe Channell, reported $1,306.40 in receipts, all of it from a home-based petroleum products business. No report was received from Republican John Arnold or independents Reed Birdsong or Jerry Briggs Jr.

Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley Palmertree reported $4,500 in gifts and $292.97 on hand. Contributions listed came from herself, family members and Foam Packaging. Republican David Sharp reported $100 raised for the period. No reports were received for Democrat Preston Balthrop, Republican Bill Jeffers or independents Jan Hyland Daigre and Robert Terry.

Chancery Clerk candidate Donna Farris Hardy reported $5,125 in contributions and $3,305.81 on hand. Her Republican primary opponent, city accountant Doug Whittington, reported $1,450 in gifts and $3,124 in campaign spending, much of it on print advertising and supplies. Independent Alecia Ashley reported no contributions and $1,141 in spending. No report was received from Republican Dawn Cain Barnes, Democrat Walter Osborne or independent Gene Thompson.

The general election winner replaces retiring incumbent Dot McGee.

In other races, Tax Collector Antonia Flaggs Jones reported $100 on hand for the period. No report was received for Republican Patty Mekus. District 3 Supervisor Charles Selmon’s report showed a $300 total for calendar year-to-date funds raised, but no other items. James Stirgus Jr., the district’s school board member and independent candidate for Selmon’s seat, showed $1,025 raised and on hand.

District 4 Supervisor Bill Lauderdale reported $1,200 raised and $800 on hand. His mother, Mary Jane Lauderdale, contributed $1,000, the report shows. No report was received from Democrat Casey Fisher. District 5 Supervisor Richard George reported a flat $200 taken in and on hand. Independent Ellis Tillotson reported no money raised and $2,160 spent.

Warren County’s three Justice court judges and three constables are unopposed in this year’s county- and state-level election cycle. All six reported no money raised or spent, and will decline gifts for the cycle.