The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Local Politics

April 22, 2014

Bell leads in sheriff campaign spending

More than $42,000 spent on primary election

ANDERSON – Going into the final month of the primary election campaign, Scott Mellinger, one of three Democrats seeking the party nomination for sheriff, has the most cash on hand.

Campaign finance reports for the period from Jan. 1 through April 11 were due by noon Monday at the Madison County clerk’s office.

The six candidates seeking their respective party nominations have spent more than $42,000 on their campaigns. While the six candidates running for sheriff lead all candidates in spending so far, the county treasurer candidates have spent less than $1,300.

The primary is May 6.

Mellinger’s campaign started the year with $9,981 and received contributions of $7,503 for a total of $17,484. The campaign spent $4,877 leaving a cash balance of $12,607. His campaign received a $500 donation from former Sheriff Terry Richwine.

Democrat Brian Bell started the year with $13,946 and took in another $8,293 to bring his campaign total to $22,239. The campaign has spent $19,218 through April 11 leaving a war chest of $3,021.

Bell’s campaign reported raising $5,970 through a fundraiser and a donation of $500 from the Indiana Union of Operating Engineers.

Candidate Jeff Hardin reported contributing $350 to his campaign and spending the same amount on signs.

In the Republican race for the sheriff nomination, Bruce Dunham has raised the most money. Dunham has loaned his campaign $13,000, which is the majority spent on the race.

The campaign committee reported starting the year with $1,306 and contributions of $350. For the first four months of 2014, Dunham’s campaign reported spending $12,939 leaving a cash balance of $1,136.

Sam Hanna reported starting the year with $75 and raising $6,424. The campaign has spent $3,338 leaving a balance of $3,086.

Tony Boze reported a cash balance of $55 on Jan. 1 and raised an additional $1,277. The campaign has spent $1,294 leaving $38 as cash on hand.


Primary Election Campaign funds raised by candidates for sheriff in the May 6 primary election:

• Republican Tony Boze -- $1,332

• Republican Bruce Dunham -- $2,256, candidate loaned campaign $13,000

. • Republican Sam Hanna -- $6,424

• Democrat Brian Bell -- $22,238

• Democrat Jeff Hardin -- $350

• Democrat Scott Mellinger -- $17,484

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