ANDERSON — The candidates endorsed by the Madison County Republican Party in the upcoming primary are receiving more financial support for their campaigns than their opponents.
Money is the key tool to any campaign to pay for yard signs, brochures and newspaper advertising.
The county GOP organization announced Monday that for the first time in almost four decades it has endorsed candidates in the May 6 primary election. Three of the candidates receiving the party’s backing are running against incumbents.
According to campaign finance reports filed Monday at the county clerk’s office, incumbent Republican Kelly Gaskill, seeking a second term as treasurer, reported raising and spending $225 on her re-election campaign. Her campaign committee has a debt of $8,326 from the 2010 campaign.
Her opponent, Micah Mitchell, has raised $1,659 and spent $1,006 leaving a balance of $653. Mitchell’s campaign received a $205 donation from the Madison County Republican Party.
Anthony Emery, running against Rick Gardner, the incumbent, for the 4th District seat on the Madison County Council, received the party’s endorsement.
Emery’s campaign committee reported contributions of $4,042, including $468 from the Republican Party and expenditures of $1,806. The committee reports a balance of $2,236.
Gardner reported receiving and spending $2,316 on his campaign from Jan. 1 through April 11.
In the District 1 council race, Tom Shepherd, endorsed by the GOP, reported contributions of $1,203, including $1,035 of his own funds. His committee reported expenditures of $1,103.
Incumbent David McCartney had not filed a report on Monday as required by state law.
With no incumbent in District 2, the county Republican Party has endorsed Steve Sumner in his race against former councilman Michael Phipps, who lost a re-election bid in 2010.
Sumner’s campaign committee reported contributions of $2,093, including a debt of $1,000. The campaign has spent $1,834, reporting a balance of $259.
Phipps reported contributions of $164 and expenditures of $132, leaving a balance of $32.
Steffanie Owens, endorsed by the party for a second term as South District county commissioner, reported contributions of $5,985, which includes a $1,000 donation from Friends of Madison County, and $2,473 of debt.