Campaign reports filed

Published 12:55 am Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Fundraising is picking back up in the local mayoral races, as more than 20 individuals and four businesses contributed $100 or more to local candidates.

Municipal candidates are required to file weekly campaign finance disclosures with the probate judge’s office. Those with no contributions or expenses are allowed to file waiver forms.

In the race to become Andalusia’s mayor, Blaine Wilson and the incumbent Earl Johnson were neck-to-neck in the number of donations, but not in the total dollar amount collected according to reports filed during the week of Aug. 3.

Wilson reported 11 donations of $100 each from Andalusia residents Stacey Davis, Kimberly Wheeler, Larry Shaw, Michael Pittman, Jane Jordan, G&S Auto Sales, George and Sarah Momenpour, Todd Grimes, Max Smith, Lucille Teel and Sue and Jimmy Wilson.

He stated his expenses totaled $70.17 for building supplies.

Johnson, whose filed reports included those from weeks ending July, 6, 13 and 20 and Aug. 3, reported $3,784 in contributions.

Among those was $250 from Mark Pugh of Andalusia; $500 from Drs. King and Burkhardt; $500 from Mel Fuller of Grayson, Ga.; $500 from Design Group of Dothan; $1,000 from Lee’s Samurai of Andalusia; $200 from Patrick McCalman and $300 from Tom Lane, both of Andalusia. Johnson also claimed $534 in non-itemized donations.

The bulk of Johnson’s expenses were transportation costs, including $1,512 to Super Lot in Andalusia and $750 to Scenic Cable of Dothan. He also listed $1,663 in advertising costs – including $971 to Pirate Graphics of Andalusia.

In the race to become Opp’s mayor, two candidates – John Bartholomew and Jimmy Rogers – reported contributions.

Bartholomew declared $100 donations from Debbie and Richard King of Opp and expenditures of $623 for advertising – $266 to The Opp News and $366 to Doc Tees.

The incumbent, H.D. Edgar, listed no contributions and $703 in expenses – $577 to WOPP, an Opp radio station, and $577 to Doc Tees.

Jimmy Rogers, the third mayoral candidate, listed a $65 self-made contribution and a $65 advertising expense from the Opp Utility Board.

Municipal elections will be held on Tues., Aug. 28.