Most of the candidates in major Barren County primary races have not spent much money, based on campaign finance reports available as of Monday.
Candidates who intend to spend more than $3,000 for the primary campaign were supposed to file a 32-day pre-election report by April 18. The deadline for the 15-day report was Monday, but figures were not yet available for that filing.
According to the 32-day reports available on the Kentucky Registry of Campaign Finance website, Glasgow city councilman and mayoral candidate Dick Doty had raised $3,555 more than incumbent candidate Rhonda Riherd Trautman, but Doty had spent about $600 less.
Trautman’s quarterly report, which was due at the end of 2013, showed receipts of $500 – a donation from herself – with $89.95 in disbursements, according to the website. The 32-day report shows additional receipts of $7,295 and $6,631.17 in spending. The mayor contributed a total of another $2,500 toward her campaign in January and February.
Trautman said she’s running a personal, one-on-one race.
“That’s always been my strategy,” she said, “and that’s what I’m doing this year, too.”
She declined to comment on how her fundraising numbers compared with Doty’s.
Doty, who didn’t file for office until mid-December, had no quarterly report, but his 32-day report shows receipts of $11,350, plus $400 through in-kind contributions. He had spent $6,120.68. At the time of that report, no contributions were listed as being from Doty.
“The big push,” Doty said, “was when we had Catfish with the Candidate, just as a meet and greet. That was just an attempt to let people ask questions, get to know me, what I stand for.”
“A good bit” of the contributions on his 32-day report were from that April 11 event, he said.
Doty said the fundraising figures in comparison with Trautman’s didn’t surprise him.
“I think it’s still early,” he said. “A lot of things could change. It’s a long race.”
KREF’s website says “no statements on file” for mayoral candidate Joe Ganci. For mayoral candidate David Slayton, it shows a zero for receipts and disbursements.
The 15-day report was due Monday from candidates two receive or spend more than $3,000 for the election, and the KREF website showed that Trautman had submitted hers, but Doty had not.
Candidates have a grace period through May 12 to submit the reports.
Barren County judge-executive
Reports for three of the eight Barren County judge-executive candidates are available online.
Democrat Brian Scott Taylor donated $100 of his own money toward his campaign and spent $50 of that by the end of the year. The KREF website shows that his 32-day report has been received but processing was not yet complete.
Republican David Honeycutt put $200 into his campaign in late 2013, according to his quarterly report, and others contributed $350. He had spent $96 by the end-of-the-year report. His 32-day and 15-day reports have been received but not processed, according to the website.
Democrat Chris Steward’s 32-day report shows zero receipts, but disbursements of $6,617.16, so his balance is $6,617 in the red, according to the KREF website.
Steward said he has spent the money to pay those bills himself, and that if he was not listed as a contributor then it is a mistake. He said would check with his bookkeeper.
“I don’t like asking for money,” he said, adding he had no intention of doing so. “If someone wants to come up and contribute, that’s fine.”
On the other hand, Steward said he likes the independence of financing his own campaign. It’s human nature to lean toward, for example, returning a call to a contributor before a noncontributor, and financing it all himself takes away such temptation.
“I do not want to be beholden to any single person to answer their phone call first,” Steward said, keeping with that example. “I don’t want to be in that position.”
Steward and fellow Democrats Bud Tarry and Zack Kender had no quarterly report for 2013.
Tarry and Kender also had notations that their reports had been received but not yet processed.
No statements were on file for Democrat Micheal Hale or Republicans Don “Goose” Gossett and Bob Strickland.
Barren County jailer
Rickey Spillman, one of two Republicans running for Barren County jailer, is the only one of the four candidates for whom a financial report is available online.
He filed a quarterly report showing a contribution of $150 from him and $60 in anonymous contributions. Anonymous contributions of up to $50 from any one person are allowed per election, with an aggregate maximum of $1,000.
The KREF website shows no indication of his 32-day report having been filed.
The website says “no statements on file” for Robert “Bob” Wing, the other Republican.
Democrats Matt Mutter, the incumbent, and Justin Kirkpatrick, have notations on the website that their 32-day reports have been received but not processed.
Barren County sheriff
Sheriff Kent Keen, a Democrat, had raised $1,200 – with $1,000 of that coming from the candidate – and spent $140 before the end of 2013. He listed in his 32-day report receipts of $2,100 and disbursements of $2,117.18. In addition, Keen has an in-kind contributions totaling $3,509.50, $3,236.02 came from himself.
The KREF website shows no 2013 report for Democratic challenger Shannon White, yet a balance forward of $1,800 is the only information shown in his 32-day report, with no details about the source of the money.
White told the Daily Times he contributed $1,000 and the rest was from his mother, Velva White. He said he didn’t know why the information wasn’t showing on the website, but he would check to make sure he had submitted it correctly.
The third Democrat, Dennis Stephens, had no 2013 report, and KREF indicates his 32-day report has been submitted but processing is incomplete.
The website shows a zero for the quarterly report from 2013 but has no indication of any other report having been submitted by Republican Charles “Chuck” Massey, who has no competition in the primary.
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