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How much money did the Kingsport candidates raise?

Matthew Lane • May 26, 2019 at 1:30 PM

KINGSPORT — Not only did Pat Shull receive the most votes in Tuesday’s mayoral election, but he also received the most campaign contributions during the month just prior to the election.

Candidates running in municipal elections in Kingsport, Bristol and Bluff City had to file their second campaign financial disclosure statements earlier this month with the Sullivan County Election Commission. These filings include the amount of money raised and spent from April 1 through May 11.

According to the latest filings, Shull raised just over $22,000 during the second reporting period, including an $8,000 loan from himself. Adding the $11,000 raised during the first reporting period, Shull raised more than $33,000 in his bid for mayor.

As for expenditures, Shull spent nearly $27,000 during the second reporting period, much of it with two Johnson City-based companies: $11,767 with Shell & Miller Advertising (for advertising and campaign assistance) and $12,162 with MailWorks (for print/mail campaign material).

MAYORAL CANDIDATES

Vice-Mayor Mike McIntire raised nearly $20,000 in his bid to be Kingsport’s next mayor, with $9,700 of it coming during the second reporting period. Most of that money came from a $7,000 personal loan.

In the five weeks before the election, McIntire spent roughly $10,500 on his campaign: $2,750 with CF Investments of Knoxville for website and campaign coordination, with much of the rest going toward advertising on television, radio, a billboard and mailers.

During the second reporting period, Nathan Vaughn raised $2,360 and spent $1,535 on advertising and printing. The two other mayoral candidates ran completely self-funded campaigns: Joe Carr with $532 and Dennis Mabb with $500.

ALDERMAN CANDIDATES

Six candidates ran for three seats on the Board of Mayor and Alderman: Chris Bulle, Darrell Duncan, Charles Honaker Jr., Chris Mills, Tommy Olterman and James Phillips. The winners were Duncan, Olterman and Phillips.

Leading the fundraising pack was Phillips, who brought in $6,860 during the second reporting period, including a $1,000 loan to himself. In total, Phillips raised just over $14,000 in his bid for alderman. He spent more than $10,600, which included $2,200 with the Times News and $6,700 with Able Printers.

Duncan raised $3,100 during the second reporting period, adding to the $5,350 raised during the first, bringing his total campaign coffers to more than $8,400. Duncan loaned his campaign $4,000. Duncan spent just over $7,800 on his campaign.

Political newcomer Bulle raised nearly $1,200 during the second reporting period, adding to the $3,600 raised during the first. Bulle spent just over $4,000, including $1,600 with Cumberland Marketing and $1,300 with the Times News.

Honaker, another political newcomer, raised $1,800 during the second reporting period, adding to the $2,800 raised during the first. Honaker spent just over $4,300, including $1,300 with the Times-News.

Olterman, the lone incumbent running for re-election, raised $6,650 in his bid for a second term on the BMA. Olterman spent roughly $4,500 of his campaign cash, with notable expenditures being for billboard advertising ($900), advertising with the Times News ($1,000) and campaign signs.

Mills reported no money in or out of his campaign.

BOARD OF EDUCATION

Five candidates ran for three seats on the Board of Education: Julie Byers, Shelton Clark, Liv Detwiler, Todd Golden and Jim Welch. The winners were Byers, Golden and Welch.

Welch raised a total of $6,766 for his BOE bid: $4,900 during the first reporting period and nearly $1,900 during the second. Most of Welch’s contributions ($5,800) came in the form of donations of $100 or less. He spent $1,500 with the Times News, $585 on a billboard advertisement and much of the rest on signs, flyers and campaign T-shirts.

Detwiler added $725 to her campaign coffers during the second reporting period, bringing her total campaign fundraising to just over $2,000. Her main expenditures were with Able Printers ($919) and the Times News ($500).

The remaining candidates — Byers, Clark and Golden — informed the election commission office they spent less than $1,000 and would not be filing itemized paperwork.

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