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As elections loom, candidates file financial disclosures

May 13th, 2007 11:36 pm by J. H. Osborne



BLOUNTVILLE - Polls open at 8 a.m. Tuesday for city elections in Kingsport, Bristol, Tenn., and Bluff City.


According to information on file with the Sullivan County Election Commission, campaign spending between Jan. 1 and May 5 ranged from $0 for some candidates to between $2,300 and $3,000 for others - with candidates in Kingsport representing both ends of the spectrum.


May 5 was the end of the last reporting period, required by the state, before Tuesday's elections. Total campaign spending won't be known until a future filing deadline, after the election.


Candidates who file paperwork saying they'll either be spending no money or less than $1,000 are not required to file detailed financial disclosures.


In Kingsport, voters will elect a mayor, three aldermen, and three members of the Kingsport Board of Education.


Candidates and details of their financial disclosures include:


•Mayor Dennis Phillips, unopposed in his bid for second term, reported spending no money on the campaign prior to May 5 - with about $7,290 on hand, including about $7,000 raised during the period of April 1 through May 5.


Candidates for alderman, city council and boards of education appear on the ballot in alphabetical order, and that's how they're listed here:


•Ray Cain reported spending $1,614, with about $701 on hand as of May 5.


•Bill Hillman declared he was not accepting or spending any money on the campaign.


•Ken Marsh reported spending about $925, with $2,337 on hand as of May 5.


•Larry Munsey reported spending about $2,770, with $1,115 on hand as of May 5.


•Richard L. Samples filed paperwork to say his campaign will not spend over $1,000.


•E. Jantry Shupe II reported spending $2,914 - not including a $1,200 in-kind contribution for Web site design - with about $589 on hand as of May 5.


For Kingsport Board of Education:


•Wallace Boyd Jr. filed paperwork to say his campaign spending would not exceed $1,000.


•John R. Hall reported spending $1,871, with no money on hand as of May 5.


•Susan Lodal reported spending about $1,677, with $1,031 on hand as of May 5.


•Randall Montgomery reported spending $589, with about $26 on hand as of May 5.


Bristol, Tenn. voters will elect two councilmen at large, two members of the Bristol Tennessee Board of Education, a juvenile court judge and a juvenile court clerk.


Candidates for councilman and details of the their campaign financial disclosures include:


•Wayne Chaney reported spending about $1,732 with no money on hand as of May 5.


•John Robert Harrison declared he was not spending any money on the campaign.


•James E. Messimer reported spending $743, with about $242 on hand as of May 5.


•Fred Testa reported spending $1,412, with $398 on hand as of May 5.


For Bristol Tennessee Board of Education:


•Mary Brown, write-in candidate in the 2nd District, filed paperwork to say her campaign spending would not exceed $1,000.


•In the three-way race for a single seat representing the 4th district, Bill Alston said his campaign spending would not exceed $1,000; Kent Hales reported spending $1,630 with no money on hand as of May 5; and Vin Margiewicz's campaign declared spending would not exceed $1,000.


Bristol Juvenile Court Judge Paul R. Wohlford filed paperwork to say his campaign won't spend more than $1,000 and Juvenile Court Clerk Gay K. Hillman indicated she was not spending any money on the campaign.


Bluff City voters will elect three alderman on Tuesday. Most of the six candidates declared they were not accepting or spending any campaign dollars, and the rest filed paperwork to say spending would not exceed $1,000.


Candidates for alderman in Bluff City are:


•Melvin K. Carrier.


•James A. (Jim) Embree.


•J.C. Gentry.


•Lon Gene Leonard.


•Todd Malone.


•Betty J. O'Dell.


Polls close at 8 p.m.


For a list of voting locations, candidates or other election information call 323-6444 or visit www.sullivancounty.org/ and click on the Election Office link.


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