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Mayor top fund-raiser in city races

 

Neal Wagner

 

Columbus Mayor Robert Smith significantly outraised and outspent independent opponent Tom Geiger during the mayoral campaign, with a host of contributions including $500 from a Washington-based lobbying firm, reports show. 

 


Each election year, candidates for municipal races must report all campaign contributions and campaign-related expenditures more than $200 to the Columbus registrar and to Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann''s office. 

 


Geiger, who faced Smith in the general election, didn''t report any contributions over $200 in his bid to unseat Smith, who was elected to a second term. 

 


Several candidates for councilmen reported donations over the $200 mark. Among the largest were two $1,000 donations from the Lowndes County Republican Party to incumbents Jay Jordan and Susan Mackay, who both lost their seats in the general election. 

 


Candidates reported money spent primarily on campaign signs and advertising. 

 


All candidates still must turn in a final termination report, Columbus Registrar Brenda Williams said. The report is a contract stating all campaign debt has been resolved and the candidate no longer will accept campaign contributions nor will make any more campaign expenditures, according to Hosemann''s Web site. 

 


All candidates on Jan. 29, 2010, also must submit an end-of-year expenditure report detailing all campaign funding activity during 2009. 

 




 

 


A listing of itemized contributions reported by candidates for mayor and alderman: 

 


 

 


Democratic incumbent Robert Smith 

 


Andy Stewart Sr., Columbus: $750 

 


T.P. Harris Elks Lodge, Columbus: $600 

 


APAC Mississippi Political Action Committee, Washington, D.C.: $500 

 


Hilbert Williams, Columbus: $500 

 


Joyce Coleman, Columbus: $500 

 


Felix Wicks, Columbus: $300 

 


Gouras and Associates, Ridgeland: $250 

 


John Dickerson, Columbus: $200 

 


Terrell Thomas Properties, Columbus: $200 

 


Glenn Chappel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Columbus: $200 

 


Travis Jones, Columbus: $100 

 


Bolten Investigation, Columbus: $100 

 


Nell''s Electrical Contractor, Columbus: $100 

 


Pam Dyer-Rush, Starkville: $50 

 


 

 


Ward 1 Democratic incumbent Gene Taylor 

 


Adam Holmes, Columbus: $1,000 

 


Joel and Lelia Hudnall, Columbus: $200 

 


Esther Harrison campaign fund, Columbus: $100 

 


Dennis Erby, Columbus: $50. 

 


Kimberly Mullin, Columbus: $20 

 


 

 


Ward 2 Republican incumbent Susan Mackay 

 


Campaign contributions 

 


Columbus-Lowndes Political Action Committee: $1,000 

 


Lowndes County Republican Party: $1,000 

 


Golden Triangle Association of Realtors: $200 

 


 

 


Ward 3 Republican candidate Charlie Box 

 


Justin and David Shelton, Columbus: $500 

 


 

 


Ward 3 Republican incumbent Gene Coleman 

 


Family Pharmacy, Columbus: $500 

 


 

 


Ward 5 Republican incumbent Jay Jordan 

 


Lowndes County Republican Party: $1,000 

 


Michael Kerby Jr., Columbus: $500 

 


Ward 5 Democratic candidate Kabir Karriem 

 


Adam Holmes, Columbus: $250 

 


Joel Hudnall, Columbus: $200 

 


Andy Stewart, Columbus: $200 

 


 

 


Ward 5 Democratic candidate Kenneth McFarland  

 


Andy Stewart Sr., Columbus: $200 

 


Hilbert Williams, Columbus: $200 

 


Johnnie Richardson, Columbus: $100 

 


Claude Simpson, Columbus: $100 

 


Bobby McCarter, Columbus: $50 

 


Lillie Richardson, Columbus: $50 

 


 

 


Ward 6 Republican candidate Bill Gavin 

 


Environmental Evaluation and Control, Columbus: $300 

 


Coleman Realty, Columbus: $100 

 


 

 


Figures provided by the Columbus city clerk''s office

 

 

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