Thursday marked the deadline for periodic campaign finance reports with the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office for candidates running for district and statewide offices, which saw legislators from the Golden Triangle area report contributions and spending leading up to the Nov. 5 General Election in Mississippi.
One of the few contested legislative races in the area will see incumbent Rep. Karl Gibbs, a Democrat from West Point, face off against independent candidate Jessica Lewis for the House District 36 seat.
Both candidates filed on Oct. 8 ahead of the Thursday deadline, which covers from July 1 to Sept. 30.
Gibbs, a former police officer who has served in the House of Representatives since 2013, hopes to retain his seat and substantially outspent and out-raised his challenger.
Gibbs reported receiving $3,551 during the recent reporting period, with $12,352 raised for the calendar year-to-date, $8,801 of which was reported as itemized.
For payouts, Gibbs reported spending $3,110. 90 during the reporting period, with $2,920.90 reported as itemized and $190 as non-itemized.
Gibbs’ cash on hand balance for the calendar year-to-date came in at $15,462.90.
The largest contributions to Gibbs’ war chest came in the following amounts: MS Power Company Political Action Committee ($400) on July 7; Sage Advice, Inc. ($201) on July 5; Friends of Mississippi Hospitals ($200); Anheuser Busch in Jackson ($250) on July 7; Tobacco company Reynolds American in Winston-Salem, North Carolina ($500) on July 8; the Dental Association in Jackson ($500) on July 9; MS Petroleum ($250); COMPAC ($250); ECM CO-PAC ($1,000) on Sept. 30 and Jackson-based Inzinna Consulting ($250) on July 30.
Gibbs’ largest disbursements also showed big spending in the last couple of months before the election: Sherell Drake Campaign Consultant on July 5 ($863 for door-to-door campaign greeters); Wal-Mart on Highway 45 Alt in Clay County ($250 for community school supplies) on July 20; Spain’s Grocery ($253.90 for a community picnic) on July 10; Sam’s Club in Tupelo ($505 for supplies for community picnic) on July 20.
Gibbs defeated Jimmy L. Davidson in the Democratic Primary with 67% of the vote in Clay County and 60% of the vote in Monroe County.
In other Clay County campaign news, state Sen. Angela Turner-Ford, who is running unopposed for her re-election bid, had not filed with the Secretary of State’s office by the 5 p.m. deadline on Thursday, nor did state Rep. Cheikh Taylor, a Democrat who represents parts of Clay, Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties.
The next date for candidates to file will be on Oct. 29, with a pre-election report covering the month of October.
One race for a House of Representatives seat will see a longtime incumbent face off against a political newcomer in November.
Incumbent Rep. Gary Chism, a Columbus Republican, is seeking another term in the House, but will have to defeat to Libertarian Vicky Rose, of West Point, to do so.
Chism, whose district covers parts of Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties, filed his periodic report on Oct. 1 and reported $13,200 in itemized contributions during the reporting period, which equals his total raised for the calendar year-to-date.
Chism’s contributions include: Independent Assurance Agents PAC ($1,000) on July 1; MAR PAC ($2,500) on July 2; Friends of Mississippi Hospitals ($1,000) on July 10; Optometry for Progress ($1,000) on July 22; Baker Donelson MS PAC, Inc. ($500) on July 22; Winston-Salem, North Carolina-based RAI Services Co. ($500) on July 22; Mississippi Association of Health Plans ($500) on July 25; Homebuilders Association of Mississippi PAC ($1,500) on July 26; Financial Services Centers of Mississippi PAC ($200) on Aug. 19; Anheuser Bush, LLC ($500) on Aug. 30; MMA PAC ($500) on Sept. 13; Washington, D.C.-based Phrma ($1,000) on Sept. 18 and Flowood-based MD PAC ($2,500) on Sept. 20.
As much as Chism raised, he also spent big during the summer months.
According to his latest filing, Chism reported payouts in the following amounts: Mark Baker Campaign ($2,000) on July 10; Delbert Hosemann campaign ($2,500) on July 10; Michael Watson campaign ($2,500) on July 10; William Tracy Arnold ($2,500) on July 10; Eugene Clark campaign ($2,500) on July 10; Andy Gipson campaign ($2,500) on July 31; The Commercial Dispatch ($350 for political advertising) on Aug. 8; Patricia H. Willis campaign ($1,000) on Aug. 9; New Hope Touchdown Club ($200 for signage) on Sept. 5; New Hope Touchdown Club ($200 for signage) on Sept. 5 and The Columbus Packet ($693 for political advertising) on Sept. 17.
While Rose did not file an individual report for her campaign, The Friends of Vicky Rose reported $850 in itemized contributions with $1,534 listed as non-itemized, bringing her aggregate year-to-date total for money raised to $5,253.79.
Contributions to Rose’s campaign include: Business owner Yatin Patel of Columbus in the amount of $500 on Aug. 28; Derrick Tapp in the amount of $200 on Sept. 25 and Stephanie Dreher of New Orleans in two payments of $50 and $100.
Rose’s payouts totaled $3,028.14 for the year-to-date, spending $662.52 in itemized disbursements and $997.49 in itemized during the reporting period. Her current cash on hand balance is $2,225.65.
According to the filing, Rose spent $585 on July 1 on campaign materials with Little Hocking, Ohio-based A.G.E. Graphics, then spent $77.52 on campaign materials with Gotprint.com out of Burbank, California on Sept. 17.
Incoming state Rep. Dana McLean, who pulled an upset against longtime state Rep. Jeff Smith, filed her report in early September, claiming $14,900 in contributions for the year-to-date and $8,170.50 in payouts over the course of the year. Her current cash on hand balance is $6,769.50
Smith did not meet the 5 p.m. filing deadline on Thursday.
Other candidates who had yet to file by the 5 p.m. deadline from Lowndes County include: state Rep. Kabir Karriem, and state Sen. Charles Younger.
Other than Chism, who represents a small stretch of Oktibbeha County, no legislative races will be contested on the November ballot. However, candidates were still required to file periodic reports, even if they were uncontested going into Election Day.
State Rep. Rob Roberson, a Starkville Republican, did not see a challenger from any party and filed his periodic report on Wednesday.
During the reporting period, Roberson listed $1,500 in itemized contributions, bring his total for the year to date to $4,500. For disbursements, Roberson reported spending $200 in non-itemized payouts during this time, which boosts his spending for the entire year to $6,998.06.
Roberson’s cash-on-hand balance was $12,101.32.
The biggest contributions for Roberson came in the amount of $500 from Friends of Mississippi Hospitals and another $500 contribution from Anheuser Busch.
Roberson also received $250 from Truck PAC in Jackson and $250 from Starkville-based Professional Eye-Care.
State Sen. Gary Jackson, a Republican from French Camp who represents parts of Choctaw, Montgomery, Oktibbeha, Webster counties, is running unopposed but filed his periodic report on Wednesday.
Since July 1, Jackson has raised $1,700, according to his filing, with $1,500 listed as itemized, bringing his total for the year to $2,950.
Jackson also paid out $399.48 during this time, leaving him with a cash-on-hand balance of $2,940.17.
For his itemized receipts, Jackson reported the following contributions: Friends of Mississippi PAC ($500) on July 15; Baker Donelson MS PAC, Inc. ($500) on July 24 and Optometry for Progress ($500) on Aug. 9.