ANDERSON — Four of the seven Republican Party candidates seeking the three at-large nominations for the Madison County Council have spent a combined $21,000.

Campaign finance reports were due Friday at the Madison County Clerk’s Office. This is the final financial information prior to the June 2 primary.

All seven Republican candidates are running for the first time in a countywide election and only one has been elected by voters to a seat on the council.

Incumbent Anthony Emery, currently a district member on the council, is running at large. His campaign reports raising $2,421 and spending $1,752, which leaves a cash balance of $669.

Ben Gale, elected earlier this year by the GOP precinct committemen to complete the term of the late Brent Holland, has raised $9,350 and has spent $8,983, leaving cash on hand of $367.

Gale’s campaign is showing debt of $8,500, which the candidate loaned to the campaign. He received a $400 donation from GOP Chairman Russ Willis.

Mikeal Vaughn has raised $7,335 and spent $6,611, leaving a balance of $724. The campaign is reporting that Vaughn provided all the funding.

Pete Heuer, elected by the precinct committeemen in 2019 to complete the term of Mike Gaskill, has raised $3,743 and spent $4,177. The campaign is showing a cash balance of $434.

Heuer’s campaign has a $2,500 debt and received a $500 donation from the Indianapolis engineering firm of Beam, Longest & Neff.

Ryan Green, Donnie Holland and Eric Lamey all reported no donations or expenditures on the campaign.

Democrat Thomas Newman Jr. leads Democrats in spending for the at-large party nominations to the county council.

The campaign has spent $3,400 with Newman providing $2,300 of the funds. His son, Alexander, and brother, Joe, have provided $1,100.

Tim Funk has reported raising $3,256 and spending $3,101, leaving a balance of $155.

The campaign is carrying a debt of $1,100 and has received a $1,125 donation from Mounds Mall owner Mark Squillante to purchase yard signs.

Treva Bostic reported no contributions but spending of $920 and Bill Savage reported donations and expenditures of $247.

Stephany Mae Finney didn’t file a report.

Surveyor’s race

Republican challenger Lee Walls, seeking the county surveyor nomination, has outspent incumbent Tom Shepherd by a 4-1 margin.

Walls reported contributions of $7,276 which includes $2,750 from the Madison County Reagan Club and expenditures of $5,065.

The campaign ended the reporting period with $2,211 in cash on hand and has $984 in debt.

Shepherd reported raising and spending $1,242.

Follow Ken de la Bastide on Twitter @KendelaBastide, or call 765-640-4863.

Senior Reporter covering Anderson and Madison County government, politics and auto racing for The Herald Bulletin. Has been working as a journalist in central Indiana since 1977.

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