Local candidates fail to file reports

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 6, 2008




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Some local candidates on Tuesday&8217;s ballots might have broken state law by not filing the proper campaign reporting documents.

Candidates Hunter Todd, Hosea James Jr., Ezekiel Pettway, Darryl Moore, Tanika &8220;Nee-Nee&8221; Wagner and Tanya D. Thomas failed to file the campaign summary reports required by law five days before the election.

Incumbent Dallas County Commissioner Clifford Hunter of District 3 also failed to file the paperwork.

Alabama state law, 17-5-8 says, reports are due &8220;between 50 and 45 days before and between 10 and five days before the date of any election for which a political action committee or principal campaign committee receives contributions or makes expenditures with a view toward influencing such election&8217;s result.&8221;

The penalty states that a certification of election won&8217;t be issued to any of the candidates that fail to make the necessary reports.

James was an unsuccessful candidate for county commissioner in District 1. He received 352 votes or 19 percent of the vote.

Todd, the other unsuccessful candidate in that race, couldn&8217;t be reached for comment. Todd filed the initial paperwork on March 20, but did not file a campaign contribution and expenditure report five days before the election.

Todd received 107 or 6 percent of the 1,808 votes cast in the District 1 commissioner&8217;s race Tuesday.

Connel &8220;Big Daddy&8221; Towns, the incumbent who won the contest, with 1,349 votes or 75 percent, filed all the necessary paperwork. Towns took in $1,718 in contributions.

In the District 2 commissioner&8217;s race Pettway failed to file the required final paperwork. Pettway received 878 or 40 percent of the total 2188 votes cast. He could not be reached for comment Thursday.

The probate judge&8217;s office date stamped incumbent Roy Moore&8217;s paperwork at 11:39

a.m. on May 29 as complete. He reported $2,000 in contributions and $1,384.66 in expenses.

Darryl Moore, a candidate for District 3 commissioner, filed qualifying papers and a contribution report showing no money in his campaign on April 3, but he did not file any other papers just prior to the election as required by law. Moore could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Moore lost Tuesday, receiving 711 votes or 32 percent of the total 2,205 votes cast.

Curtis Williams, the incumbent, received 1,494 votes or 68 percent. He filed the required paperwork, date stamped by the probate judge&8217;s office at 10:36 a.m., May 29.

The final report showed Williams took in $800 worth of contributions and spent $1,717.53.

In the District 4 race, the incumbent, Hunter, began his race with a $400 balance, according to the initial papers filed on April 3.

Hunter did not file the final summary paperwork required by law. He could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Hunter lost his re-election bid to Larry Nickles. The incumbent received 666 votes or 28 percent to Nickles&8217; 1,687 votes or 72 percent of the 2,353 votes cast.

Nickles filed all the required paperwork. He took in $1,078 and spent $553.25, according to a report filed April 18.

In the final report filed May 29, Nickles claimed $4,274 in contributions and $5,152.18 in expenditures.

In the race for Dallas County tax assessor, Thomas filed the initial paperwork on April 4, but didn&8217;t file the final summary of contributors and expenses. She couldn&8217;t be reached for comment Thursday.

Thomas lost the race for tax assessor with 3,503 votes or 42 percent to incumbent Frances Hughes&8217; 4,866 votes or 58 percent of the 8,369 votes cast.

Hughes filed the preliminary paperwork on March 26. The final summary, filed May 29, shows Hughes reported contributions of $3,425 and expenditures of $3,820.25.

In the Dallas County tax collector&8217;s race, Wagner did not file the final summary, although she filed the initial paperwork on April 4 that said she had received no contributions.

Wagner lost the challenge to incumbent Tammy Jones King, who received 5,096 votes or 60 percent to Wagner&8217;s 3,400 or 40 percent of the 8,496 votes cast.