Oktibbeha sheriff's race nets $6K-plus in fundraising


John Rice, left, and Steve Gladney

John Rice, left, and Steve Gladney


Larnzy Carpenter

Larnzy Carpenter



Alex Holloway



Two candidates in the Oktibbeha County sheriff's race have raised more than $6,600 in campaign funding, according to campaign financing reports submitted to the circuit clerk's office by Friday's filing deadline.  


John Rice has outraised and outspent incumbent Steve Gladney, according to the reports. Rice, a deputy who has worked with OCSO since 2013, reported $3,513.23 in campaign contributions and $3,472.46 in expenses. Rice's itemized contributions, which identify donations of more than $200, are from himself, Jack Walters and Dan Camp. His finance forms, which appear to have been filled out using an online form, cut off the name of one donor, who is listed as a self-employed engineer from Columbus.  


Rice also refunded a $500 donation from Peggy J. Hartness.  


Gladney reported raising $3,100 and spending $2,934 on his campaign. His filing lists only one itemized contribution -- a donation from Dixie H. McMinn.  


Both Rice and Gladney are Democrats who will face off in the August primary. 


Brandon Gann, a former Starkville Police Department officer who is also running for sheriff as a Democrat, did not file a report by Friday's deadline. 


Twenty-six of the 32 candidates seeking office in Oktibbeha County filed their paperwork before Friday's 5 p.m. deadline. Between them, the candidates have raised more than $16,700. 




Justice Court District 2 


Justice Court District 2 Judge Larnzy Carpenter reported the most funds raised individually of any candidate running in Oktibbeha County. Carpenter, who is seeking re-election as a Democrat, reported spending $3,947.92 of his own money so far. 


Kennedy Neal, a Democrat who is challenging Carpenter for the judge position, reported spending $941.48 of his own for his campaign. 




Supervisor races 


In District 1, Supervisor John Montgomery, a Republican, reported $400 in contributions, while his Democrat challenger Clint McCain has reported spending $165 of his own money. 


In District 2, candidate Tremell Orlando Sherman reported raising $700 and spending $650. Incumbent Orlando Trainer reported no funds raised or spent. Both are Democrats. 


Rudy Johnson led District 3 supervisor candidates with $225 reported in contributions and expenses. Denny Daniels, who will meet Johnson in the Republican primary, reported $200 in non-itemized contributions and no spending. Marvell Howard, the incumbent supervisor and a Democrat, reported no contributions or expenditures.  


District 4 Supervisor Bricklee Miller reported raising $700 and spending $239. Leonardo Thompson, one of two Democrat challengers for District 4, reported raising $505 in non-itemized contributions, while former supervisor Daniel Jackson reported no funds raised or spent. 


District 5 Supervisor Joe Williams reported spending $1,217 of his own. Victor Collins raised $700 and spent $100, and Jared Pruitt reported raising $400. Collins and Williams are Democrats. Pruitt is a Republican.  




Other races  


Justice Court District 1 candidate Brian Michael Lindner, who is challenging incumbent Tony Boykin, reported $2,081 in expenses from his own pocket for his filing fees and campaign materials. Boykin did not submit a finance report by Friday's deadline. Both candidates are Democrats. 


In the Justice Court District 3 race, incumbent Democrat Marty Haug has spent $1,000, while Republican challenger Cindy Mills, reported raising $950. 


Oktibbeha County Tax Assessor Allen Morgan, a Republican, raised $400 and spent $196. His independent challenger John Brown raised $100 and spent $1,244.07. 


Chancery Clerk Sharon Livingston, a Republican, reported $1,255.53 in campaign expenditures. Martesa Bishop Flowers, who is challenging Livingston as a Democrat, did not submit a filing report. 


Circuit Clerk Tony Rook and constables Shank Phelps and James Lindsey, who are running unopposed, reported no contributions or expenses for the period. 


County Prosecutor Haley Brown, Coroner Michael Hunt and District 2 Constable Curtis Randle did not turn in filings by 5 p.m. Friday. The three candidates are running unopposed.


Alex Holloway was formerly a reporter with The Dispatch.



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