Jonesboro mayoral candidates turn in pre-election reports as campaign hits final stretch
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The closely watched Jonesboro mayor's race hits a final stretch this week as five of the six candidates for the office filed their pre-election campaign finance reports with Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday's office.
The candidates - incumbent Harold Perrin and challengers Nathan Coleman, Harold Copenhaver, Amanda Dunivant and John Street - turned in their reports this week before a Nov. 1 deadline. As of Wednesday afternoon, candidate Tom Elwood had not turned in his paperwork.
According to the reports on file, Perrin had more money, cash on hand, than each of the other candidates combined.
Perrin reported raising $96,033.92 from Nov. 18, 2015 through Oct. 29. The figure also included $12,803.09, which was transferred from Perrin's 2012 account to his 2016 account.
Perrin reported spending $42,994.34 over the same period, leaving $53,039.58 in the bank.
Major contributors to Perrin's campaign were:
* Richard Baughn of Jonesboro - $2,700.
* Rob Taylor of Pocahontas - $2,700.
* Carroll Caldwell of Jonesboro - $1,000.
* Barry Phillips of Jonesboro - $1,000.
* Brett Overman of Aventura, Fla. - $1,000.
* Ray Osment of Jonesboro - $1,000.
* J.T. Barr of Jonesboro - $1,000.
* Sherry Turman of Jonesboro - $1,000.
* James Alexander of Jonesboro - $1,000.
* Kelly Copeland of Jonesboro - $1,000.
* William Brewer of Paragould - $1,000.
* Lloyd Wofford of Jonesboro - $1,000.
Coleman, a Jonesboro police officer, raised $2,130.09 from May 31 to Oct. 30 while spending $2,121.53 over the same period. He also loaned his campaign $300 and contributed $447.09 to the campaign, leaving $308.56 cash on hand.
Other major contributors to Coleman's campaign were:
* Jonathan Harris of Jonesboro - $200.
* Jeremy Smith of Jonesboro - $125.
* Burl Turman of Jonesboro - $120.
* Ray Keller of Jonesboro - $100.
Copenhaver, a former state representative, announced his bid earlier this year. According to his report, Copenhaver raised $25,125 from Aug. 30 through Oct. 29. He also reported spending $18,340.64 over the same period, leaving $6,784.36 in the bank.
Major contributors to Copenhaver's campaign were:
* Jama Fowler of Jonesboro - $2,700.
* ARPAC of Little Rock - $2,100.
* Mike and Lucinda McDaniel of Jonesboro - $1,000.
* Wallace Fowler of Jonesboro - $1,000.
* Former State Rep. Joan Cash of Jonesboro - $150.
* Rep. Joe Jett, D-Success - $100.
* Rep. Michael John Gray, D-Augusta - $500.
Amanda Dunavant reported a relatively shoestring budget in her report to Holliday's office.
Dunavant reported raising $698.58, of which she donated $598.58 to her campaign, from Aug. 6 through Nov. 1.
The other only contribution came from William Wallace Jr. of Bay, who gave $100.
Dunavant spent $693.15 over the same period, leaving $5.43 in the bank.
Street, who serves on the Jonesboro City Council, raised $4,473 from Aug. 19 until Oct. 29, his report indicated.
He also loaned his campaign $5,000 and spent $6,208.16 over the same period, leaving $3,264.84 in the bank.
Major contributors to Street's campaign were:
* ARPAC of Little Rock - $2,100.
* Don A. Davis of Jonesboro - $500.
* R.D. Lemons of Jonesboro - $300.
* Darrell Cook of Jonesboro - $200.
Election Day is Nov. 8.
If no candidate receives 50.1 percent of the vote, the top two finishers will advance to a Nov. 29 runoff.
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