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Local campaign spending near $90K

Local candidates for public office spent just over $87,500 campaigning during the Primary Election, according to figures compiled from records in the Chilton County Probate Office.

Candidates for Chilton County Sheriff spent a combined $55,269.77 running for office, while superintendent candidates had a total $32,248.08 in expenditures. The reported costs are not out-of-pocket costs but are total campaign expenses.

Chilton County Probate Judge Bobby Martin said the cost of name recognition has gone up considerably during his 20 years in office.

“I would say the expense has gone up 25 percent in my 20 years,” Martin said, adding, “There are other expenses [such as fuel costs] that never made it to these reports.”

The following is a breakdown of what each candidate spent, as well as amounts received in contributions. In some cases, contributions reported may include out-of-pocket contributions from the candidates themselves.

Chilton County Sheriff

Kevin Davis spent $13,318.34 and reported $3,450 in campaign contributions.

John Shearon spent $16,274.85 and reported $5,858 in contributions.

Ronnie Gilbert spent $9,113.95 and reported no contributions.

Billy Wayne Fulmer spent $14,952.63 and reported $16,150 in contributions.

Terry Wilson spent $1,610 and received $750 in contributions. As the only Democratic candidate, Wilson was unopposed in the Primary.

Chilton County Superintendent of Education

Larry Raines spent $8,956.71 and reported $300 in contributions.

Tommy Glasscock spent $6,832.60 and reported $4,855 in contributions.

Dave Hayden spent $12,588.77 and reported $900 in contributions.

Jason Griffin spent $3,870 and reported no contributions. As the only Democratic candidate, Griffin was unopposed in the Primary.

Chilton County Coroner

Neither GOP candidate for coroner, Randy Yeargan (incumbent) nor Paul Brooks, had expenditures that reached the $1,000 plateau.

Anyone who wishes to view detailed reports of campaign contributions and spending may do so at the Chilton County Probate Office in the courthouse between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.