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Hill, Bell raise most in primary

By Bob Paslay

In the hotly contested race for sheriff of Clayton County, challenger Victor Hill has raised twice as much money as incumbent Sheriff Stanley Tuggle leading up to Tuesday's Democratic Primary.

But in the last three months ending June 30, the contributions were pretty close n $36,527.65 for Hill and $30,635 for Tuggle.

According to disclosure forms, Hill, a one-term state representative and Clayton County Police Department detective, has raised $80,107.65 for the race. At the same time, Tuggle, who is seeking his third term, raised $41,270.80. Clifford Hall raised $3,781 in in-kind contributions, or things donated rather than cash. Joe Mack Eckler loaned himself $100,000 for the campaign. Eckler, a county police accident investigator, reported spending a total of $45,937, which left $54,063 on hand.

In the race for district attorney, incumbent Democrat Bob Keller reported raising $64,396.28 during this reporting period and $1,456.92 in in-kind contributions. Keller reported $41,073.02 on hand. Challenger Jewel Scott reported raising $111,471.53 in in-kind contributions but no large cash contributions. She did report $2,100 in contributions of less than $101 each for a total of $113,571.53. The report lists Scott and her husband, Lee Scott, as the only contributors. According to the report, all of this was spent primarily on advertising and promotion.

Keller's contributors included $2,000 from former Gov. Roy Barnes, $1,000 from Clayton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Crandle Bray, $250 from former Sheriff Bill Lemacks, and money from 60 practicing attorneys, five assistant district attorneys and four county criminal investigators.

The third candidate in the race, Michael King, reported a total of $17,920.44 in cash contributions and a $1,000 in-kind contribution. He reported no money on hand.

The most expensive race in Clayton County is the three-way run for county commission chairman, in which $215,000 has been raised, and the lion's share went to former Atlanta Police Chief Eldrin Bell. Bell raised almost $150,000, compared to about $56,000 for Wade Starr, administrative assistant to Bray. Terry Brizzell, who challenged Bray four years ago, has raised $14,494.

In the closing weeks of the campaign, Bell also reported having much more of this money on hand to spend, $42,488.36, compared to $7,494.12 for Starr and $1,947.08 for Brizzell.

Republican Michael Onyemenam is running unopposed in the primary and will face the winner of the Democratic Primary and the Libertarian candidate in November. He reports $4,917.21 raised, all in the last quarter. He has $519.07 on hand. Libertarian Mark E. Mosler reports raising nothing so far.

According to the disclosure forms required to be filed every three months, the following are the amounts the candidates raised and spent:

State Rep. Darryl Jordan, D-Riverdale, running for re-election to his House District 77 seat unopposed, reported $8,937.12 raised, including $900 in the most recent quarter. A total of $4,840.34 is on hand as of June 30.

State Rep. Mike Barnes, D-Hampton, running for re-election to his House District 78 seat unopposed, reported $20,067.92 raised, including $1,400 in the most recent quarter. A total of $17,716.70 is on hand.

State Rep. Gail Buckner, D-Jonesboro, running for re-election to her House District 76 seat unopposed, reported $20,910.81 raised, including $3,350 in the most recent quarter. A total of $17,718.75 is on hand.

State Rep. Ron Dodson, D-Lake City, running for re-election to his House District 75 seat unopposed, reported $13,752.982 in cash contributions, including $5,700 this quarter. He has $8,507.61 on hand.

State Sen. Terrell A. Starr, D-Jonesboro, running unopposed for his Senate District 44 seat, reported $130,004.39, including $6,850 in the most recent quarter. He has $109,423.73 on hand.

State Sen. Valencia Seay, D-College Park, running unopposed for her Senate District 34 seat, reported $83,611.05, including $1,500 in the most recent quarter. She reports $7,665.10 on hand.

Running unopposed in the Democratic Primary are Clerk of Superior Court Linda Miller, who reports $1,762.32 in in-kind contributions and $661.39 in cash, including $200 raised in the last quarter. She has $661.39 on hand. There is no Republican candidate.

In the race for solicitor general in the Democratic Primary, incumbent Keith Martin reports $14,055.40, including $13,995.40 in the most recent quarter. He has $6,063.37 on hand. Challenger Leslie Miller Terry reports $10,058, including $8,888 in the last quarter. She has $78.80 on hand.

In the race for probate judge in the Democratic Primary, incumbent Pam Ferguson reported $8,139.23 in in-kind contributions, including $6,523.38 in this quarter. Also, she reported $15,675 in cash, all raised in this quarter. She had $3,191.80 on hand. Challenger Bobby D. Simmons reported $13,500.37 raised, all contributed in this quarter. He has no money on hand. There is no Republican in the race.

In the county commission District 2 race, incumbent Democrat Virginia Gray has raised $15,006.14, all this quarter. She has $273.99 on hand. Challenger Danny Hayes has raised $3,193.58, including $1,233.58 this quarter. He has $873 on hand. There is no general election opposition.

In the county commission District 3 Democratic race, Zannie "Tiger" Billingslea did not file a form. Charles H. Davis reported $4,108 in in-kind contributions this quarter and no cash. He has no money on hand. Cedric McCrary reported $508.50 in in-kind contributions and $1,055 in cash. He has $350 on hand. Wole Ralph reported $508.50 in-kind contributions and $19,855.55 in cash, including $8,589 this quarter. He has $7,608.91 on hand. Ronald D. Ringer reported $11,178, all of it raised this reporting period. He has $5,791.31 on hand.

Incumbent school board Chairwoman Nedra Ware reported $1,106.34 in-kind contributions and $850 in cash, all raised this quarter. She has $600 on hand. Challenger Roosevelt Bailey reported raising no money and challenger Lois Baines Hunter reported $687.53 in-kind contributions and $6,000 in cash. She has $2,619.93 on hand.

Incumbent Democratic District 5 school board member Barbara Wells reported $3,875 in cash and has $2,070.40 on hand. Challenger Norreese Haynes has raised $1,215 and has no cash on hand. Challenger Wendell Rod Johnson has $4,60 in in-kind contributions, including $3,000 this quarter. He reports no cash on hand. Candidate Jermaine Dawson reported $525 in in-kind contributions and no cash on hand. There is no Republican.

In the open school board District 6 seat, Janice Scott reported $500 in cash contributions, all raised this quarter, with $259 still on hand. Democratic opponent Eddie White did not file a report. Republican Joel Dixon reported $1,629 in cash contributions with $248 on hand.

District 7 Democratic school board member Carol Kellam reported $439 in in-kind contributions and $800 in cash, all raised this quarter. She reported $330 on hand. Challenger David Ashe reported $74 in in-kind contributions and $514.21 in cash. He reports $225.27 on hand. Devadas Lynton reported $850 in in-kind contributions and $2,910 in cash, with $711.44 on hand. There is no Republican.

In the open House District 74 seat now held by Victor Hill, Democrat George Jeburk reported $200 in in-kind contributions and $2,864 in cash. He reports minus-$1,526.83 on hand. Johnny Castaneda reported $12,782.39 in cash contributions, all this quarter, with $5,089.96 on hand. Roberta Abdul-Salaam reported $3,006 in in-kind contributions and $6,250 in cash, all this quarter, with minus-$524.50 on hand. John E. Jones did not file a report. Republican Emory Wilkerson did not file a report.

In the open school board District 3 Democratic race, Yolanda Everett reported $214 in in-kind contributions this quarter. Michelle Jackson reported $366 in in-kind contributions and $775 in cash, with $25 on hand. Candidate Kelley Jackson did not file a report. There is no Republican.

In the nonpartisan State Court judgeship race, incumbent Harold Benefield reported $741.43 in in-kind contributions and $27,026 in cash contributions this quarter. He had $9,136.49 on hand. Challenger Coatsey Ellison reported $9,925 in in-kind contributions with $135 on hand.

In the nonpartisan State Court judgeship incumbent Morris Braswell raised $521.28 in in-kind contributions and $4,81.55 in cash with $908.61 on hand.

In the nonpartisan State Court judgeship incumbent Linda Cowen reported $3,894.39 in in-kind contributions with nothing on hand.

Terry Baskin, running in the Democratic Primary for tax commissioner, reports $8,100 in cash raised, including $4,500 raised this quarter. He has $1,791.41 on hand.

In the race for chief Magistrate Court judge, Gloria Darty-Reed reported $25,995.92 in in-kind contributions and $18,900 in cash contributions. She has $3,757.35 on hand. Daphne Walker reported $19,086.94 in in-kind contributions and $4,280 in cash contributions, of which $2,005 was raised this quarter. She reported $1,057.90 on hand.

n Staff writer Ed Brock contributed to this report.