Wise County judge candidate J.D. Clark is leading the pack in campaign contributions, according to the semiannual campaign finance reports filed this week.
It’s the first of five reports that will be filed in 2014 as required by the Texas Ethics Commission prior to the March 4 primary election. The reports that were due Jan. 15 include money collected and spent between July 1 and Dec. 31, 2013, and candidates filed those at the Wise County Elections Administration office.
While Clark collected the most money, he didn’t spend the most. Clay Poynor, who is running for re-election as Precinct 4 justice of the peace in the Republican primary, spent more than any candidate with $5,941.19 in expenditures. He reported no contributions.
Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Jan Morrow, who is seeking re-election, also topped the list of big spenders with $4,273.29 in expenditures and $500 in contributions.
Clark’s expenditures were third at $4,111.18.
Below is a list of candidates and the information as it appears on their finance report forms.
- J.D. Clark: $4,330 contributions, $4,111.18 expenditures
Contributions included $1,000 from Wayne Long of Decatur; $500 each from David Isham of Decatur and Tera Huffman of College Station; $250 each from Andrew Rottner and Carol Ann Carson, both of Decatur; $200 from Ross and Sharon Redding of Chico; $150 each from Ashley Westenhover of Weatherford and Stacey Hadash of New York City; and $100 each from D.A. Sharpe of Aurora, Tim Raley of Chico and Don and Annette Stephens, Theresa Copeland and Richard Pietila, all of Decatur.
Pietila actually made three separate $100 donations, one each in September, October and December.
- Keith McComis: $1,400 contributions, $2,835.90 expenditures
- McComis did not itemize his contributions or expenditures.
- Kyle Stephens: $0 contributions, $2,936.10 expenditures
- Jim Stegall: $35 contributions, $1,200 expenditures
Stegall reported a single contribution from Beth B. Anderson of Runaway Bay
PRECINCT 4 COUNTY COMMISSIONER
- Gaylord Kennedy: $0 contributions, $3,302.64 expenditures
- David Stewart: $3,212.21 contributions, $2,691.28 expenditures
Stewart only itemized $200 in contributions. They include $100 from Barry White, One Stop in Runaway Bay; $100 from Mark and Judy Adkins of Bridgeport; and $30 from Dan Ticer.
- Terry Ross: $0 contributions, $0 expenditures
- Kristina Kemp: $0 contributions, $0 expenditures
- Brenda Rowe: $0 contributions, $3,843.78 expenditures
- Callie Manning: $590 contributions, $0 expenditures
Manning reported all contributions were $50 or less, and those do not have to be itemized on the finance report.
- Katherine Hudson: $0 contributions, $1,600 expenditures
- Daniel Rivas: $0 contributions, $2,513.75 expenditures
PRECINCT 1 JUSTICE OF THE PEACE
- Jan Morrow: $500 contributions, $4,273.29 expenditures
Contributions included $300 from RL or ML Jordan of Boyd; $100 from Jerry Whiddon of Decatur; and $50 each from Janet Fortenberry and Patti Fortenberry, both of Boyd.
- Josh Reynolds: $0 contributions, $1,332.66 expenditures
PRECINCT 3 JUSTICE OF THE PEACE
- Mandy Hays: $0 contributions, $820.35 expenditures
PRECINCT 4 JUSTICE OF THE PEACE
- Clay Poynor: $0 contributions, $5,941.19 expenditures
- Teresa Graves: $975 contributions, $1,294.15 expenditures
Contributions included $375 from Nathan Graves of Bridgeport; $350 from Jerry Stanfield of Chico; $100 each from Michelle Payton of Decatur and Bill Marney of Bridgeport; and $50 from Toni Loean of Bridgeport.
- Sherry Lemon: $0 contributions, $350 expenditures
COUNTY COURT-AT-LAW NO. 1 JUDGE
- Stephen Wren: $0 contributions, $0 expenditures
Wren reported $4.97 in contributions maintained from a previous time period. He also noted that he has signs valued at $500 or more.
Candidates who did not file a campaign finance report form include Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Terri Johnson, Precinct 2 Commissioner Kevin Burns and County Court-at-Law Judge Melton Cude, all of whom are seeking re-election.