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March 8, 2014

Gentry leads February fundraising in sheriff’s race

CULLMAN — Cullman County Sheriff candidate Matt Gentry outraised incumbent Mike Rainey in February campaign fundraising, however the sitting sheriff still maintains a larger campaign fund.

Gentry is challenging Rainey in the June 3 Republican primary, which also includes Guntersville police officer and former county sheriff lieutenant Tim Creel. Gentry reported $8,995 in contributions from nine individuals and seven businesses, according to February reports filed with the Alabama Secretary of State. Gentry is the Cullman County District Attorney’s investigator assigned to the Birmingham DEA field office as a task force agent.

Gentry reported $7,369 in expenses in February, spending $6,607 for advertising and $762 on two charitable donations. His campaign fund balance was $9,310 as of March 2. Since entering the race in December, Gentry has raised $18,630 in cash contributions and put $20,000 of his own money toward his campaign.

Rainey raised $5,500 from eight individuals and two businesses in February, reports showed. He reported $1,700 in expenses, spending $150 on advertising, $750 on two charitable donations and $800 for a qualifying fee. His fund balance was $27,911 as of March 3. Rainey has raised $37,950 in cash contributions to date.

Creel has not filed any campaign reports with the state yet. The winner of the Republican primary will be unopposed in the general election Nov. 4.

A candidate in a county race filed his first campaign finance report with the state this month. Garry Marchman, who is running for the Cullman County Commission, Place 2, raised $950 from two individuals and put $2,927 of his own money toward his campaign.

Marchman reported $2,728 in expenses for advertising. Bringing forward a previous balance of $2,379 dollars, Marchman’s fund balance was $3,925 as of March 3. Incumbent Stanley Yarbrough, James Graves, J.P. White and Doug Williams are also running for the seat.

In the state legislative races, Sen. Paul Bussman, R- Cullman, maintains a large war chest for his reelection bid for District 4. He raised $12,500, $1,500 from two individuals and $11,00 from political action committees (PAC) Alabama Bankers Association, BIZPAC and MPAC.

He reported $4,900 in expenses, $500 on advertising, $3,400 on charitable donations and $1,000 for consultation/ polling with Impact Management Group in Little Rock, Ark. Bussman had $214,151 left in his campaign fund as of March 3. He’s raised $237,956 to date.

Bruce Whitlock is challenging Bussman for the Republican nomination. The winner will face Angelo Mancuso who is unopposed on the Democratic ticket.

Whitlock raised $399 from two individuals and put $3,500 of his own money toward his campaign in February, according to his first report filed with the state. He reported $1,522.02 in expenses, $1,340.52 on qualifying fees and $181.50 on advertising. Whitlock’s fund balance was $2,377 as of Feb. 28.

District 9 state Rep. Ed Henry, R- Hartselle, raised $1,400 from two individuals and one business in February. He reported $1,307.55 in expenses, $40 with the Cullman County Republican Women group, $393.55 on advertising, $750 for a charitable donation and $124 on food. Henry had a $13,761 campaign fund balance as of March 2. He’s raised $18,900 in cash contributions to date.

Henry will face challenger Melvin Hastings, a Cullman attorney, in the Republican primary. Hastings filed his first campaign finance reported with the state, showing no contributions but $6,000 of his own money in his campaign fund. He spent $4,811.59, $3,695 on advertising and $1,116.59 for a qualifying fee. Hastings had $1,188 left in his campaign fund as of Feb. 28.

District 12 state Rep. Mac Buttram, R- Cullman, reported no cash contributions and $6,209 in expenses, spending $1,709 on advertising and $4,500 for consultation/polling with CSI Media Consultants in Fairhope. Buttram had $19,628 left to spend in his campaign fund. He’s raised $41,816 in cash contributions to date.

Good Hope Mayor Corey Harbison is running against Buttram in the Republican primary along with Cullman County Road Superintendent Roy Jackson. Harbison raised $1,800 from five individuals and three businesses in February. He spent $3,147 on advertising. Harbison’s fund balance was $14,488 as of Feb. 28. He’s raised $19,696 to date.

Jackson raised $2,300 from two businesses and one individual in February. He also put $1,100 of his own money toward his campaign. Jackson spent $311 on advertising. He had $3,967 left in his campaign fund as of March 1. Jackson’s raised $8,150 in cash contributions to date.

Candidataes for county or local offices may choose to file electronically with the Alabama Secretary of State or manually with the Cullman County Probate Office.

* Tiffeny Owens can be reached by email at towens@cullmantimes.com or by phone at 256-734-2131.

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