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Local Politics

January 16, 2014

Bell leads in fundraising among sheriff candidates

Deputy raised $33,000 in 2013

ANDERSON — Brian Bell, one of two Democrats to file declarations of candidacy for the party’s nomination for Madison County sheriff, leads the political candidates in raising funds.

Filing for the May primary ends at noon Feb. 7 at the Madison County clerk’s office.

Bell, a major in the Madison County Sheriff’s Department, reported contributions of $33,070 during 2013 in campaign finance reports filed Wednesday in the clerk’s office.

Bell has spent a total of $19,125 and has a cash balance of $13,945 starting the 2014 campaign season.

The campaign committee reported raising $22,598 through two golf outings, $4,444 during a bowling event in Elwood and $1,795 during two luncheon events. Bell has contributed $1,099 to the campaign.

Scott Mellinger, a declared candidate for sheriff in the May 6 Democratic Party primary, reported contributions of $12,664 and expenditures of $3,183. The campaign had a cash balance of $9,980 at the start of the year.

Mellinger, who served two terms as sheriff, has contributed $3,000 to the campaign and reported a $1,000 contribution from Terry Wilds and $200 from Don Henderson, former president of the Pendleton Town Council.

Republican Bruce Dunham, chairman of the Anderson Board of Public Safety, reported contributions of $6,600 for his campaign for sheriff. Dunham has loaned the campaign $6,000 and received a $200 donation from Anderson Mayor Kevin Smith and $100 from Frank Owens, director of the Anderson Municipal Development Department.

Dunham’s campaign reported spending $5,293 and started the year with a cash balance of $1,307.

Elwood Police Chief Sam Hanna, seeking the Republican Party’s sheriff nomination, reported contributions of $5,552 and expenditures of $5,476, leaving a cash balance of $76.

Hanna’s campaign reported raising $3,010 through a fish fry and $2,542 from a golf outing.

Tony Boze, expected to file for the nomination this week, reported his exploratory committee received contributions of $1,249 and spent $1,194 leaving a cash balance of $55.

Incumbent Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings, a Republican, started 2013 with a cash balance of $9,940 and raised $7,750 during the year for a total of $17,590.

Cummings’ campaign committee spent $3,833 during the year leaving a cash balance of $13,757 at the start of 2014.

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