Jones, Bowden spend most

Published 12:04 am Saturday, February 25, 2012

Circuit clerk candidate Amy Jones outspent opponent Stephanie Cotton three-to-one in campaign expenditures, financial disclosure reports show.

Jones’ largely self-funded campaign spent $9,859 on advertising and signs in February, according to campaign disclosure reports filed with the secretary of state’s office. In the same time period, Cotton spent $2,980. Both are attorneys, seeking the office being vacated by Roger Powell as Republicans.

In the same time period, Jones’ campaign showed contributions of $7,400, all but $500 of which were contributions made by Jones and her husband. A $500 contribution is listed as “anonymous.” Cotton’s campaign received $2,700. The largest contributions were $500 each and came from her in-laws, Don and Jo Ann Cotton; Raustin and Amanda Jernigan; and Don and Renee Bullard.

In the probate judge’s race, incumbent Ben Bowden spent $1,258 more than his challenger, Leland Enzor. Bowden reported expenses totaling $6,328 in February, while Enzor spent $3,698.

In the same time period, Bowden received $5,300 in contributions, including contributions of $1,000 from Dr. David and Stacie McCalman and McNeil, Inc.; and $500 contributions from Dr. Tobias and Janet Atkinson, Michael and Wendy Andrews, Ricky Jones, CoPAC, and William D. and Colton Hawkins. CoPAC is a political action committee with the stated purpose of supporting rural electrification in Alabama.

Enzor’s largest contribution in February, $500, came from Tommy and Kathy Grimes. His contributions totaled $1,300.



In the race for county commission chairman, incumbent Lynn Sasser reported $492 in contributions and no expenses. For the same time period, challenger Bill Godwin received $150 and spent $1,647; and Kylan Lewis received $400 and spent $1,095.

In District 1, incumbent David Ellis received $300 and spent $1,424, while Ken Northey received $350 and spent $1,072.

There is no incumbent seeking office in District 2. In that race, Joe Barton received $1,450 and spent $1,626; Randall McCart received $570 and spent $688; and Tony Wells received $448 and spent $1,703.

In District 3, Harold Elmore received $2,000 and spent $1,546, while challenger Joe Bush reported no contributions and spent $589.

In District 4, incumbent Carl Turman received $1,478 and spent $2,474, while challenger Allen Lucas received $2,257 and spent $2,267.