Campaign funds are vital for candidates in any election, and typically the one who gains the most ends up being the winner.
For this year's general election, the candidates running for Mayor of the City of Brazil received a total more than $14,000 in campaign contributions, while the two candidates for Brazil Clerk-Treasurer raised more than $4,200.
Mayor A. Ann Bradshaw's campaign committee received $7,120.30 in contributions, the most of the candidates, with 16 individuals contributing at least $100, including $389 from Bradshaw herself. Phil Grey of Grey's Carquest and James E. House, II were the highest contributing individuals, each giving $1,000 to her campaign, and she also received $200 from James and James, Inc.
As of the Oct. 19 deadline for filing pre-election reports, she has spent a total of $6,214.35 of her contributions, of which $3,654.82 went for ads, yard signs and other political memorabilia.
Bradshaw's efforts helped make her the first elected woman to the position of mayor for the City of Brazil, defeating James Sheese in Tuesday's election.
Sheese's campaign committee nearly matched Bradshaw's contribution efforts, collecting a total of $7,022.00. He contributed the most to his own cause, with an amount of $2,500, which went in before the May primary election. However, he spent much less of his contributions than Bradshaw. According to the expenditure report, Sheese spent the majority of his contributions, over $2,200, at Corey Advertising in Terre Haute on political signs, pens and pencils, and spent a total of $5,320.98 on his campaign. Sheese did have a multitude of print advertising in The Brazil Times, but the exact amount was not available on the most current report.
"Candidates have until Jan. 16, 2008, to file their complete Report of Receipts and Expenditures," Clay County Clerk Mary Brown said. "So not all expenses on the Oct. 19 report are final."
In the Clerk-Treasurer's race, Karen L. McQueen, who won the position, collected $2,993.82 in campaign contributions, compared to her opponent, Janet Wallace.
McQueen contributed about two-thirds ($1,905.88) of the total contributions herself and spent the most ($540.68) at Clover Signs, Brazil. She also received a $500 contribution from the Brazil Professional Firefighters Union, Local 1453. Overall, McQueen spent $2,866.38 of her total contributions during her campaign.
Contributing a total of $600, Janet Wallace also was the biggest supporter of her campaign. From the report, she spent the most at Corey Advertising Specialties, Terre Haute, with a total of $329.93 for political yard signs.
Any contributions that the candidates do not use on this campaign are kept in an account for as long as they keep it open and can use it for later campaigns, if they so choose.
Candidates who won in Tuesday's general election will officially take office Jan. 1, 2008.
SIDEBAR: With every election comes campaign contributions for the candidates. Here the out line of contributions for each of the candidates for the Mayoral and Clerk-Treasurer 2007 General Election races as of Oct. 19:
|Candidate||Total Contributions||Total Spent||Contributions remaining|
|A. Ann Bradshaw||$7,120.30||$6,214.35||$905.95|
|Karen L. McQueen||$2,993.82||$2,866.38||$127.44|
|Janet I. Wallace||$1,374.00||$847.04||$526.96|