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Primary Candidates file final election finance statements

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By William Carroll

Political candidates in several races have filed their final election finance statements in advance of the May 20 primary elections. The Spencer Magnet acquired information on these filings from the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance and the Spencer County Clerk’s Office.
According to the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance and Kentucky Revised Statutes, candidates are required to file finance statements if they accept or expend more than $3,000. They are also required to file in limited circumstances when their collections or expenditures are less than $3,000 but more than $1,000. The statements must be filed 32 days prior to the election with a second filing being made 15 days prior to the election. The 15 day election deadline for this election cycle was May 5.
The following candidates filed financial statements outlining the detailed contributions and expenditures:

County Judge Executive
Candidate Jerry Davis filed two statements, one a quarterly statement filed February 12 for the period ending on December 31, 2013, the other a 32-day pre-election statement filed on April 18. For his quarterly statement, Davis claimed no collections or expenditures. For the 32-day statement, Davis claimed $900 in contributions with $622.91 in expenses. Contributors to Davis’ campaign included fellow county judge executive candidate, Lawrence Trageser, Nathan Nation, Bobby Smith, Paul Zimlich and Evelyn McKemie. Expenses for the campaign were paid to Vista Print and Creative Design and Imaging for cards and signage. Davis also listed debts totaling $413.12 for payments due to the Spencer Magnet.
The Registry of Finance reported a 15-day filing for Davis, but no information was immediately available from their website.
Candidate David Jewell filed both his 32-day report and his 15-day report. The 32-day report was originally filed on April 11 and amended on April 14, and the 15-day report was filed on May 5. In Jewell’s 32-day report he lists $9,667.28 in receipts and $8,185.36 in expenses. Jewell was the primary contributor to his own campaign which also included smaller contributions from Bruce Kleinstuber and Mark Stout. Jewell’s report included a detailed list of expenses including several entries for Able Printing, Valley Apparel and Signs, Lowes and the U.S. Postal Service. Costs were for signage, t-shirts, cards and stamps.
Jewell’s 15-day report showed a carryover of $1,481.92 and additional expenses of $959.75. Expenses included $660.75 to the Spencer Magnet and $299.00 to WJIE 88.5.
Candidate Debbie Herndon filed a quarterly report listing a contribution from herself to her campaign in the amount of $200, with no expenses listed. Herndon also filed a 32-day report listing $4,150 in receipts and 3,278.45 in expenses for a final balance of $1,071.55. Contributors were listed as Herndon herself, Joe Carrier and Kathy Tapp. A list of expenses was not available at press time.
Candidate Jan Kehne filed a 32-day report and a 15-day report, according to the Registry, however information was not available from the registry on the 15-day report. According to the 32-day report, Kehne reported $3,645 in receipts and $3,557.37 in expenses. Contributions included several anonymous and unitemized contributions as well as individual contributions from Linda Bouvette, T-Jam LLC and Beverly Tucker. Expenditures were not available from the Registry.
Candidate Ronald “Woodie” Cheek filed two reports according to the registry, a 32-day report and a 15-day report. The 32-day report listed no contributions and no expenditures and the 15-day report was still being processed as of press time.
Candidate Don Pay filed both of the necessary reports. In his 32-day report filed April 18, Pay lists $1,235 in receipts and $1,160.35 in expenses. Contributors included Peter Koza, William Pay and the candidate himself. Expenses included payments to the Spencer Magnet, Total Image and Eagle Sign and Design Inc for advertisements, and signs.
Pay’s 15-day statement listed no contributions and no expenditures. Candidate did list a debt owed by the campaign to him in the amount of $388.63.
Candidate John Riley also filed two reports according to the registry. In the 32-day report Riley listed $4,025 in contributions and $686.60 in expenditures. Contributors included Jim and John Brueggemann, Lorene Caudill, and Edward Sheridan. A list of expenses was not immediately available at press time. According to the registry, the 15-day report was still being processed and no information was available at press time.
Candidate Lawrence Trageser did not have any statements on file according to the Spencer County Clerk’s Office and the Registry.

Sheriff
In the race for Spencer County Sheriff, current Sheriff Buddy Stump faces off against Republican challenger Bobby Whitely.
Stump filed both his 32-day report and 15-day report. According to the 32-day report, Stump reported $2,020 in contributions and $365.87 in expenditures. Stump also reported a $1,000 in kind donation for signs. Stump was the primary contributor to his campaign. Suzane McPherson also donated funds to Stump’s campaign.
Stump’s expenses included payments to the Spencer Magnet, Lowes and Graphic Wizard for advertising and equipment for signs.
According to Stump’s 15-day report, Stump received one contribution of $200 from Mark A. Stout with no expenses.
Stump’s opponent Whitely has not filed any statements according to information obtained from the registry.

County Attorney
Current County Attorney Ruth Hollan has filed both of her required reports.
According to Hollan’s 32-day filing, she reported $7,200 in contributions and $5,084.34 in expenses. Contributors to Hollan’s campaign include: H. Shannon Smitha, John A. Cook, Norbert Arrington, Larry Stamper, Blanch Arnold, Jane & Harold Sutton.
Hollan’s expenditures included larger expenditures to the Spencer Magnet and My Campaign Store as well as a number of smaller expenditures for advertising, signs, postcards, magnets and various other items.
Hollan’s 15-day filing includes additional contributions in the amount of $500 with expenditures totalling $709.99.
Opponent Ken Jones has not filed any paperwork, according to a search of the Registry of Finance’s website and the Spencer County Clerk’s Office.