BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) – Campaign finance documents reveal that the two Republican candidates in the Sullivan County mayoral race spent $46,200 to get elected, but one spent more than three times as much as the other. ‘other.
According to financial disclosure statements filed by each campaign, County Commissioner and mayoral candidate Angie Stanley has spent $36,451 through March 31, while incumbent Mayor Richard Venable has spent $9,748.
The largest expense Stanley reported was $24,036 for Axiom Strategies, a Kansas City-based GOP political consulting firm, for shippers. Stanley also paid Axiom $2,000 for campaign advice.
First District Congresswoman Diana Harshbarger (R-Kingsport) used Axiom during her successful 2020 election bid, paying the company more than $50,000 for the board and hundreds of thousands more for hardware purchases. media and other campaign advertising expenses on its behalf.
Venable’s largest expense was $5,250 for Shell, Miller and Johnson City’s Sebastian Advertising for creative services.
Records show Stanley largely funded his own campaign, at least until the end of March. Of the $106,525 in total revenue reported, $100,000 came from a loan Stanley made to his campaign in December.
Regarding her three-figure loan, Stanley told News Channel 11 in February that she wanted people to see that she was seriously considering running for mayor and said she did not rely on others to fund her campaign.
Venable also relied on self-financing, but to a lesser extent. Records show that of the $78,175 in total revenue brought in by his campaign, $45,000 came from two candidate loans.
While Stanley has pledged more than twice as much of his own money as Venable through March 31, the incumbent mayor has received more than five times as many campaign contributions as his challenger. Venable supporters donated $33,175 to his campaign while Stanley supporters contributed $6,475, according to each candidate’s campaign finance documents.
Venable’s campaign also reported 34 donations over $100 (candidates are required to list each contribution over $100). Stanley’s campaign netted 12 contributions over $100 plus two in-kind contributions valued over $100.
Both campaigns had nearly the same amount of cash in their coffers at the end of March, with Venable bringing in $69,012 on hand and Stanley bringing in $70,073.
Early voting for the county primary in Tennessee began Wednesday and will continue through April 28. Election day is May 3.
The winner of the Republican primary for Sullivan County mayor will face two independent candidates, Val Edwards George and Bobby Weaver, in the Aug. 4 general election.