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Sullivan highway commissioner hopefuls put own money into campaigns

May 2nd, 2014 9:44 pm by J. H. Osborne

Sullivan highway commissioner hopefuls put own money into campaigns

BLOUNTVILLE — When it comes to the three men running for the Republican nomination for Sullivan County highway commissioner, each appears to be his own biggest supporter, according to campaign financial disclosure reports for the most recent reporting period.

One got some help from a family member. One got some help from an attorney. And one got some help from the lieutenant governor.

Bobbie Manning had loaned his own campaign $27,462.12, as of April 26, the last day of the period.

Jim Belgeri had loaned his own campaign $17,500, as of that date.

And Dwight King had loaned his own campaign $12,275 as of that date.

Belgeri, King and Manning are vying for the GOP nomination in the Republican party primary on May 6.

The winner will advance to the county general election in August, where he will face Mickey Nottingham, the sole candidate for the Democratic party nomination.

The job they all ultimately seek pays about $101,000 per year — with a raise scheduled to kick in later this year, prior to the winner's swearing in.

For the campaign financial disclosure reporting period of April 1 through April 26:

Manning reported a beginning balance on hand of $200, total receipts of $10,607 (including a $9,550 loan from himself), disbursements of $9,733.51, and an ending balance on hand of $1,073.49.

Belgeri reported a beginning balance of $4,842.03, total receipts of $3,174 (including a $2,500 loan from himself), disbursements of $7,084.45, and a balance on hand of $931.58.

King reported a beginning balance on hand of $1,998.59, total receipts of $8,075 (including a $6,500 loan from himself), disbursements of $9,186.36, and an ending balance on hand of $887.23.

Contributions over $100 each must be itemized.

Manning's only itemized contribution for the period was $600 from Mark Manning, Limestone.

Belgeri's only itemized contribution for the period was $250 from William Wray, Kingsport.

King's only itemized contribution for the period was $1,500 from Ron Ramsey (occupation listed as "real estate"), Blountville.

Manning's itemized expenditures during the period included: $8,703.25 total to Smart Market, Kingsport, for rack cards, design and mailer, and business cards; $595 to the Kingsport Times-News, Kingsport, for advertising; $186.82 to Paw Print Signs & Graphics, Blountville, for T-shirts, and $176.44 to Walmart, Johnson City, for cookout.

Belgeri's itemized expenditures during the period included: $4,137.52 to Smart Market, Kingsport, for rack cards and promotional materials; $877.33 to the Kingsport Times-News, Kingsport, for advertising and newspaper inserts; $850 to the Sullivan County GOP, for table and advertising, Reagan Day Dinner; $402.06 to the Bristol Herald-Courier, Bristol, Va., for newspaper inserts; $350 to Lional Mallicote, Bristol, for one half table at Reagan Day Dinner; $156.54 to Gerdau, Johnson City, for steel posts for signs; and $100 to Northeast State for rental of meeting location.

King's itemized expenditures for the period included: $9,137.90 to Smart Market, Kingsport, for mailers.

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