By Tiffeny Owens
The Cullman Times
The 2014 general election may be more than a year away, but local candidates for state office have already begun raising money for their campaigns.
Alabama Sen. Paul Buss, R-Cullman, has raised nearly $70,000 already, with a $25,000 contribution from the Alabama Dental PAC in July and a $8,300 in-kind contribution from Alabama 2014 PAC in August.
Campaign finance records show Bussman received another $43,395 in cash contributions. He has spent $11,635 on local advertising and charitable contributions and has a remaining balance of $61,995.
Bussman does not currently have competition in the race for the 4th District which covers portions of Cullman, Lawrence and Winston counties.
In the 12th state house district race, incumbent Rep. Mac Buttram, R-Cullman, is currently leading challenger Cullman County Road Superintendent Roy Jackson in campaign fundraising. Buttram has received $7,170 in cash contributions to Jackson’s $800. Buttram reported spending $1,239 for local advertising while Jackson has spent $1,516. Buttram reported a remaining balance of $6,331, and Jackson has a $755.70 deficit.
Good Hope Mayor Corey Harbison has announced his intention to run for the 12th district seat, but he has not yet filed any campaign finance reports.
State Rep. Randall Shedd, R-Cullman, is currently unopposed in the race for the 11th district which covers parts of Cullman, Morgan and Blount counties. Shedd has yet to file any campaign finance reports.
So far, Sheriff Mike Rainey is the only Cullman County candidate to raise enough money — $1,000 — to trigger the filing of campaign finance reports. New campaign finance laws require candidates who have either raised or spent $1,000 to immediately begin filing finance reports.
Rainey raised a combined $16,100 in July and August, putting up $10,000 of his own money and receiving $6,100 in cash contributions, his campaign finance records show.
Rainey reported spending $1,100 for local advertising and a charitable donation. Records show his campaign balance is $15,000. Rainey is currently unopposed in the race.
According to the county probate office, Rainey and Place 2 Associate Commissioner Stanley Yarbrough are the only two county candidates that have filed official paperwork to be on the 2014 ballot.
Deadline for candidates to qualify to get on the ballot is in April. The primary is set for June 3, 2014 and the general election Nov. 4, 2014.
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