WEST POINT — Candidates in the West Point mayor’s race are pouring thousands of their own money into their campaigns, according to finance reports filed last week with the city clerk’s office.
Those vying in contested general elections for city offices were required to submit campaign finance reports by June 1 and itemize any individual contribution or disbursement of more than $200.
Rod Bobo, who won the Democratic primary in May, leads with $17,950 in reported contributions, including $2,000 non-itemized. He only itemized a $1,500 contribution from MO Spicer Inc. this filing period, which has given Bobo a total of $5,000 this year. During the primary filing period, he itemized other contributions from J5 GBL, Janice Matthews, Robinhoods, Jermaine Moore, Sherry Williams, Malcolm Sykes, Romario Johnson, Jerry Robinson and Kemuel Stewart.
Bobo reported spending $17,528.34 on his campaign but showed a cash on hand balance of $6,177.60. When contacted by The Dispatch, he said he had given nearly $6,000 of his own that he did not itemize.
Independent Homer Ryland Jr. reported $11,180 in total contributions and $8,055.76 in spending, leaving him with $3,124.24 on hand.
He reported $180 in non-itemized contributions. The other $11,000, which he itemized, came from his own pocket.
The general election is Tuesday. All selectmen races in West Point were decided during the primary.
Zack Plair is the managing editor for The Dispatch.