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Mayoral candidates closing in on $100K donation mark


Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman

Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman


Starkville mayoral candidate Dan Moreland

Starkville mayoral candidate Dan Moreland



Carl Smith



Starkville's two remaining mayoral candidates, Democratic incumbent Parker Wiseman and GOP candidate Dan Moreland, combined to raise almost $96,000 in campaign donations as of May 28, a number which falls about $11,000 short of what all 15 primary candidates raised by April 30. 


State-required reports of receipts and disbursements show both candidates increased their political war chests since the end of April - Wiseman's $19,082.11 in donations outpaced his opponent's $6,225 -- but both Moreland and the incumbent spent more than $20,000 since the primary pre-election report deadline. 


As the June 4 election nears, Wiseman leads Moreland in terms of cash on hand -- $12,511.18 to $3,024.41 -- but those figures do not include any money the GOP candidate received during a Wednesday fundraiser which featured Gov. Phil Bryant. 


Moreland unloaded the largest amount from his campaign during the pre-election report period, spending $25,373.43 since the end of April. The GOP candidate spent a combined $12,251.93 on printing, mail-out materials and traditional advertising since May 1. An $11,374 payment to Broadcast Media Group dated April 28 but included in the May report raises that total to $23,625.93. Moreland also reported $500 in consulting fees, $1,200 in wages for his campaign manager and $27.50 in non-itemized spending. 


Wiseman also purchased advertising with local media outlets, spending $2,785.50 on radio and TV spots, and commercial production. The incumbent's largest expenses -- a combined $35,297.07 -- was spent on both consultant services and online fundraising fees. 


From Jan. 1 to April 30, Moreland, Wiseman and former Democratic candidate Mary Lee Beal reported raising a combined $93,195.99 in campaign contributions, while 12 alderman candidates garnered $14,576.75. Removing Beal's numbers from the mayoral contenders, Moreland and Wiseman combined for $70,647 in that time period. The two remaining mayoral candidates spent almost $20,000 each before the May 7 primary.


Carl Smith covers Starkville and Oktibbeha County for The Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter @StarkDispatch



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