Editor’s note: This is part of a series of stories looking at the financial disclosure reports for candidates seeking office in the Aug. 7 Local General/State Primary Election.
The Aug. 7 County General Election will be the first one since redistricting based on the 2010 U.S. Census took place.
As a result, the boundary lines of the 25 Wilson County Commission districts have changed, which has placed some current commissioners in totally new districts than the one they currently represent.
Forty-nine individuals are seeking one of the 25 commission seats.
Only eight of the 25 commission seats have candidates running unopposed. They are: Adam Bannach in District 2; Jerry McFarland, District 5; Dan Walker, District 10; John P. Gentry, District 11; Michael Wayne Justice, District 15; Gary Keith, District 17; Terry Muncher, District 18, and Annette Davis-Stafford, District 20.
Three current commissioners decided not to seek re-election. They are Nathan Clariday of District 10, Jim Bradshaw of District 11 and Billy Rowland of District 12.
In looking at the financial disclosure statements filed with the Wilson County Election Commission, The Wilson Post will report only on those contested races. However, information about any candidates’ financial disclosures may be found on the Election Commission’s website. (See website information below.)
Both incumbent Becky Siever and challenger Scott Leslie filed Statements of Non-Disclosure, which states that they will each not be making a financial disclosure because: “1. The service for the office which I seek is part-time and the compensation is less than $1,000.00 per month, and, 2. I do not plan to spend more than $1,000.00 on my campaign.”
Siever filed her statement on April 2, while Leslie filed his on Jan. 3.
However, the statement also requires candidates to “immediately make a financial disclosure report” if their plans change and they realize they will spend more than $1,000 on their campaign.
No incumbent is seeking re-election to the newly drawn District 3. Candidate Robert Franklin filed a Statement of Non-Disclosure on Jan. 22, while candidate Paul Harvey initially filed the same statement on Jan. 28. However on May 19, he filed an Appointment of Political Treasurer form naming himself as campaign treasurer.
Chad Barnard, incumbent for District 4, filed his Statement of Non-Disclosure on Jan. 3, while his opponent Sam Bodock Saylors filed his on April 1.
Incumbent Kenneth Reich filed his Appointment of Political Treasurer form on Sept. 5, 2013, naming himself as campaign treasurer. On Feb. 3, he filed his Year-End Supplemental Campaign Financial Disclosure Statement, which showed a zero beginning and ending balance.
On April 1, he filed his First Quarter Financial Disclosure statement, which showed a single contribution of $1,500 from the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 572 and a loan from himself to the campaign in the amount of $250. His ending balance was $1,750 as he had no expenditures, no in-kind contributions, no outstanding obligations and only the loan listed above.
On March 20, Kevin M. Graves, who is challenging Reich for his seat, filed a Statement of Non-Disclosure.
Incumbent Terry Scruggs initially filed a Statement of Non-Disclosure on Jan. 9, but on April 1, he filed an Appointment of Political Treasurer, naming himself as campaign treasurer.
Both challengers – Tracey Scott Brady and Joshua Hinerman – filed Statements of Non-Disclosure on March 28 and Jan. 6, respectively.
Incumbent Frank Bush, who finds himself in race against current District 2 Commissioner Terry Duncan, who now lives in District 8 due to redistricting, filed a Statement of Non-Disclosure on Jan. 3.
Duncan initially filed a Statement of Non-Disclosure on Jan. 6, but on April 2 filed an Appointment of Political Treasurer, naming himself as treasurer.
To see each candidates’ financial reports in detail, go to http://www.wilsonelections.com/1326413767/financial-disclosures/or scan the QRC at right with your mobile device.
Amelia Morrison Hipps is a correspondent for The Wilson Post. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.