Second quarter of campaign reports released

By: Katelin Gandee - Staff writer

LAURINBURG — Those who ran in the May primary election have turned in their campaign reports for the second quarter.

The second quarter ran from April 22 to June 30, the tail end of the primary elections. The first quarter ran from Jan. 1 to April 21, which was the start to the primary election journey.

The two candidates who received the most contributions both ran for one of the two Stewartsville seats on the Scotland County Board of Commissioners, challenger Matthew Block and incumbent Guy McCook.

Block, who is currently serving as the city of Laurinburg’s mayor, received $5,491.33 in contributions while McCook received $4,525. Block had $5,511.33 in expenditures while McCook had $7,303.65 in expenditures.

Block ended up beating McCook for the Democratic seat and will be on the ballot for the Nov. 8 general election against Democrat and incumbent Carol McCall and Republican challenger Tim Ivey.

In the second quarter each campaigner received the following contributions and expenditures:

— Sheriff challenger Mitch Johnson, who lost in the primary, had $0 in contributions and expenditures.

— Sheriff challenger John Martin, who won the primary, had $25, 554.60 in contributions and $24, 556.91 in expenditures.

— Board of Commissioners Stewartsville seat challenger Jeremy Baker, who lost in the primary, had $4,291.33 in contributions and $4,291.33 in expenditures.

— Board of Commissioners Stewartsville seat incumbent Carl McCall, who won in the primary, had $0 in contributions but had $5,561.36 in expenditures.

— Board of Commissioners Stewartsville seat challenger Tim Ivey, who did not have to run in the primaries, collected $1,477.70 in contribution and has $1,419.02 in expenditures.

— Board of Commissioners Spinghill seat challenger Bo Frizzell, who did not have to run in the primaries, had $0 in contributions but $30 in expenditures.

— Sheriff incumbent Ralph Kersey, who did not have to run in the primaries, had $200.07 in contributions and $2 for expenditures.

Though for the entire campaign so far it was a challenger for Scotland County Sheriff, Democrat John Martin, who has received the most contribution and spent the most amount of money. While Martin only received $1,883.74 in contributions during the second quarter, in total he has received $25,554.60 for the year and spent $24,556.91.

Martin won the primary against fellow Democrat Mitch Johnson and will face current Sheriff Ralph Kersey.

McCook had the second largest amount of contributions and expenses overall, gaining $14,200.18 in contributions and spending $14,533.76.

It is not required of candidates to report on campaigns if they do not raise more than $1,000. If the candidate does raise more, they are required by law to report who made the donations and how the money was spent.

Those who ended their 2018 campaign journey with the primary elections had the following total for their run:

— Mitch Johnson had $4,321.82 in contributions and had $2,657.50 in expenditures.

— Jeremy Baker collected $5,939.61 in contributions and $5,939.61 in expenditures.

— McCook collected $14,200.18 in contributions and had $14,533.76 in expenditures.

The third quarter runs from July 1 to Oct. 20 and the fourth quarter will be from Oct. 21 to Dec. 31. The totals for the general election will be released in January 2019.

Katelin Gandee

Staff writer

Reach Katelin Gandee at 910-506-3171 or at [email protected]

Reach Katelin Gandee at 910-506-3171 or at [email protected]