Ward 2 candidates report no outside funding

May 15, 2013 10:23:53 AM

Carl Smith - [email protected]


Both Ward 2 alderman candidates Sandra Sistrunk and Lisa Wynn filed campaign finance documents by Tuesday's pre-runoff report deadline. 


The primary pre-runoff receipts and disbursements report details contributions and expenses from April 28 through May 11. 


Sistrunk, the Ward 2 incumbent, reported self-funding her campaign during that time frame and spending the same amount -- $467.14 -- she loaned herself. Since Jan. 1, Sistrunk has collected and spent $884.06. 


The incumbent noted on her first campaign finance filing, April 30's primary pre-election report, that she made a decision not to accept contributions and would self-fund her election efforts. 


Wynn's primary pre-runoff report states she neither collected nor spent money on her campaign from April 28 to May 11. The report's year-to-date contributions and disbursements entry area was left blank. 


Wynn originally filed two pre-primary reports with the city before the May 7 election. Those reports were due to the city clerk's office by 5 p.m. April 30. 


The April 30 report, which was both stamped "received" by the city and signed by her that same day, claimed she received and spent $200 in non-itemized transactions. Another report received May 1 by the city was dated April 29 by Wynn. That report showed she received $750 in contributions -- $150 itemized, $600 non-itemized -- and spent the same amount with the same itemized/non-itemized breakdown. 


The city marked the report received May 1 as unofficial since she missed the deadline. The primary pre-election report details receipts and disbursements from Jan. 1 through April 27. 


Documents obtained from the city also show Ward 7 Alderman Henry Vaughn filed his primary pre-election report two days after the April 30 deadline. 


The report states Vaughn received $570 in non-itemized contributions and spent $899.16 prior to the May 7 primary. 


Primary and general election candidates now face a May 28 deadline to submit campaign finance documents for a pre-election report. 


Sistrunk and Wynn will again vie for Ward 2's seat after their primary ended in a 181-all tie. The mayoral race between incumbent Democrat Parker Wiseman and Republican Dan Moreland will be held June 4.

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