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District 1 race much more costly than District 3

Campaign finances were filed for the last time before the Democratic runoff election next week where two Lafayette County supervisor seats are up from grabs. The District 1 race has been a more expensive race with candidates spending much more on campaign expenses, as well as collecting more in donations.

District 1 candidate Kevin Frye has spent and collected the most funds with $13,729 reported in donations and $12,030 reported for expenses. His opponent, Randy McCluskey, reported $3,300 in donations yearto- date and $9,334 in expenses.

Reports were due by 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Candidates are responsible for filing all campaign finance reports until that candidate files a termination report. Candidates who file late may be subject to fines, according to the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office.

In District 3, John W. Adams missed the filing deadline on Tuesday but filed on July 24, where he reported just $200 in donations and $274 in expenses. His opponent, Dale Timothy Gordon also missed Tuesday’s deadline. He told the EAGLE this morning he hasn’t done much fundraising and has paid for most expenses himself.

Many of the candidates who either won their seat during the primary election Aug. 4, or lost the race, filed termination reports this month, including Chancery Court Clerk Sherry Wall, Sheriff Buddy East and Circuit Court Clerk Baretta Mosley, who all held onto their positionsas incumbents to win the race.

East raised the most in donations leading up to the primary with $15,766. Frye follows behind with the second most in donations.

A termination report is filed when a candidate no longer expects to collect donations or have expenses related to the election.