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Candidates shelling out big bucks
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Ryan J. Moore was gearing up for a financial fight, if campaign contributions are any indication. He received $49,447 in total contributions toward his bid to be the next General Sessions Judge.

According to financial disclosure statements filed with Warren County Election Commission, Friends to Elect Ryan J. Moore for Judge may not have had deep pockets. However, there were 84 of them. Donations ranged from $125 to $1,600. Top contributors were James David Moore and Jane Moore with $1,600 each, and Steve Carroll and Michael D. Galligan with $1,500 each.

Making $1,000 donations: Norman Todd Hutchins, Gary Brewer, Paul Moore, Barret Chase McGee, James Totherow III, Rickie Northcutt, Gipson Insurance Agency, Supreme Building Products, Adam Bouldin, Bruce Timothy Pirtle, and Reddick Brown Ford.

Campaign financial data also sheds light on how candidates spend the money they’ve raised and which vendors benefit the most. 

According to January’s expenditure statements, Friends to Elect Ryan J. Moore for Judge spent $44,046 of the funds raised. Much of that amount went to Custom Vinyl Signs for “T-shirts and other campaign material,” a total of $20,502. 

E. Allan Brandon LLC was paid $9,542 for printing and marketing, The Very Idea received $5,283 for hats and other campaign material, and Praters BBQ was paid $3,292 for catering.

Also reported was a $160,000 line of credit obtained for the campaign. However, there was no indication those funds were accessed.

When qualifying for county elections ended Feb. 17, Moore was the only candidate to qualify for General Sessions Judge. He is expected to assume office Sept. 1.

Fundraising also appears to be going well for Joseph Stotts, who is seeking to capture Republican Party support on May 3 for Warren County Executive. He reported total contributions of $19,259 and total expenditures of $15,033, leaving a balance of $4,226.

According to his campaign financial disclosure statement, Stotts’ largest contributors to date have been Southern Central Waste $1,500, Rush Bricken $1,200, Adam Bouldin $1,000, Keith Bouldin $1,000 and the pastor of Living Word Fellowship $1,000. 

His Republican opponent Terry L. Bell is trailing close behind. However, he has funded his own campaign for Warren County Executive. Reported was $10,550 and expenditures of $10,505. He has a balance of $45.

Stotts or Bell will face incumbent County Executive Jimmy Haley in August. His financial report has a forwarded balance of $571 from a previous campaign effort.

“A balance can remain in the account indefinitely or a candidate can opt to cash out,” said Warren County administrator of elections Susie Davenport. “Some will just leave it in the account for their next election cycle.”

Jackie Matheny Jr., who is making a bid for Warren County Sheriff as a Republican, reported total donations of $23,600. The majority of that money, $21,000, came from Matheny himself. The remaining amount was received through various donations. Expenditures total $22,330, leaving a balance of $1,269. 

Incumbent Sheriff Tommy Myers is running as an Independent. He won’t face Matheny until the General Election in August. However, it appears he is gearing up for a fight. Myers reported $8,800 in donations this period, total expenditures of $7,577 and a balance of $1,222. 

While Myers contributed $1,100 to his own campaign, his largest contributor to date has been Brewer Amusement. Jimmy, Monica and Gary Brewer of Brewer Amusement each contributed $1,600. 

Candidates must report financials when campaign expenditures exceed $1,000. The next reporting period is the end of March. 

All information is public record and available at the Warren County Election Commission office.