November 3, 2017 10:54:02 AM
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District 38 state representative candidate Cheikh Taylor had still not filed his required campaign finance report as of Thursday afternoon, according to the Mississippi Secretary of State's Office.
Taylor missed the Tuesday reporting deadline, and The Dispatch received an email from Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann's office Thursday noting the report had still not arrived.
Speaking with The Dispatch this morning, Taylor said he submitted his report late Thursday night.
Taylor's report, which was available by Friday afternoon, says the candidate raised $6,670 in donations and spent $4,513.35.
Nearly half of Taylor's contributions came from political action committees. The Mississippi Public Education PAC contributed $2,000, and the Electric Power Association of Mississippi State PAC contributed $1,000. He also received $500 from the Starkville Counseling Association and a $400 donation from Charles Perpall, a postal worker from Brooklyn, New York.
Most of Taylor's expenditures were for advertising. He spent a total of $2,915 with DACO in Columbus on printed campaign materials. He also spent $500 for copied campaign materials at Copy Cow in Starkville.
State law requires candidates to report campaign donations or expenditures if they exceed a total of $200. Candidates must itemize individual donations of $200 or more.
Both of Taylor's opponents, former Starkville Ward 2 Alderman Lisa Wynn and ex-fashion model Narissa Bradford, filed their campaign finance reports by the deadline.
On Nov. 7, citizens will vote in special elections for the county circuit clerk, chancery clerk, District 1 constable and a referendum on the sale of OCH Regional Medical Center. Voters will also decide who will replace former District 38 Rep. Tyrone Ellis in a special election. District 38 includes portions of Clay, Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties.
Oktibbeha late filers
Three Oktibbeha County candidates have submitted pre-election campaign finance reports since Tuesday's deadline.
Finance reports for countywide elections were due to the circuit clerk's office by 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Elaine Turner, who is running for Oktibbeha County circuit clerk, submitted her report on Wednesday. Turner's report said she received $4,704.56, all of which are listed as non-itemized. Candidates are required to itemize donations of more than $200. However, her report includes itemized receipts of a $3,724.56 donation she made to her own campaign and a $980 contribution from a campaign fundraiser.
Turner's report also includes $4,704.56 in expenditures, which are listed as non-itemized. The report has a list of expenditures, most of which are for advertising.
Hattie "Tutton" Ridgel, who is running for Oktibbeha County chancery court clerk, reported $1,250 in campaign contributions, all of which are itemized. Her report lists her sole source of income as a personal donation to her campaign. Ridgel submitted her finance report Thursday.
Ridgel's report also lists $957.17 in expenditures, all of which are itemized.
Joe Morse, who is running in the District 1 constable election, reported $638 in campaign contributions, all of which are non-itemized. He also reported $1,650.81 in expenditures, which are itemized.
Morse submitted his report Thursday.
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