Appointed Smith County Precinct 1 Constable Bobby Garmon has a significant lead in political contributions as he and two opponents seek to be the next constable, according to semiannual campaign finance reports.

These financial reports were filed by Jan. 15.

Garmon’s monetary political contributions total $10,685 from 37 different donors, according to his campaign finance report. The numbers reflect funds raised from July 1 to Dec. 31. One of Garmon’s donations was $500 from Kevin P. Eltife, a University of Texas System regent and former Texas state senator and Tyler mayor.

There are three candidates seeking the Democratic Party nomination: Garmon, Precinct 1 constable’s deputy Willie Mims and Texas Juvenile Justice Department corrections officer Curtis Traylor Harris. There are no Republican challengers.

Mims has collected $225 in total monetary political contributions and $100 from in-kind advertising services, according to his campaign finance report.

Harris did not file a finance report for the Jan. 15 deadline. He said he was on the modified finance reporting schedule, which means he hasn’t spent or accepted more than $500 for political contributions or expenditures.

His report will be filed on Feb. 3, Harris said.

Where did the money go?

Garmon spent $4,484.01 from his political contributions. A majority of his expenditures went toward various advertisements.

For advertising, he spent $100 with the Rose City Civitan Club, $50 with the Texas African-American Museum CCDC, $100 with NAACP Tyler chapter, $50 for the city of Tyler trick-or-treat event, $40 with Passion for Ministry, $300 with Ebony News Journal, $100 with Rock Hill Baptist Church and $50 for Griffin Elementary School trunk-or-treat event.

For sponsorships, he gave $185 to the John Tyler High School Brigadettes and $175 to Sum 2 Eat for an event sponsor. He also spent $280 with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority for campaign advertising tickets.

He used $18.80 at Walmart and $80.93 at Sam’s Club for campaign kickoff event supplies. He spent $157.71 at El Charro and $194 at Red Lobster for campaign committee meetings.

He spent $480 with Dionne Johnson for campaign cards and artwork, $265 with E4 Customs for campaign fans, $567.80 with Designer Graphics for campaign signs and $725 with I-Connect Business for posters design advertising and door hangers.

Garmon spent $105 with the U.S. Post Office for postage to advertise. He spent $98.06 with FedEx for advertising supplies.

For a gift or award expense, East Texas Trophy received $11.71 and Top Ladies of Distinction received $150. He donated $100 to The Salvation Army. He spent $100 with Jamie Owen for banking and accounting.

Mims’ expenditures totaled $583.77. He spent $225 from his political contributions for flyers and rack cards. His expenditures by credit card were $333.77, which included $95.52 for business cards and $238.25 for flyers and rack cards.

Mims spent $25 to create a checking account.

Garmon’s contributions:

Jamie Owen: $100

G. Robert Skorkowsky: $250

Tom Koehler: $500

James Perkins Jr.: $500

Laura C. Perkins: $500

David Roberts: $100

Devin and Jessica Johnson: $160

James I. Perkins: $500

Idella and Rufus Pollard: $100

Hattie Alexander: $100

Johnny and Cathy Brown: $100

John F. Sammons Jr.: $1,000

Steven Thomas Chaney: $500

Rickey and Sandra Childers: $125

Don McPherson Jr.: $200

F.R. Files Jr.: $500

Tim Maloney: $100

Gene and Phyllis Cottle: $200

Stephen Davis: $500

Sam Roosth: $300

J. Chad Parker: $300

Rohn M. Boone: $200

A.E. “Gene” Shull: $200

Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Norton: $250

David E. Dobbs: $750

John E. “Ric” Freeman: $200

Tracy Crawford: $200

Bobby G. Land Sr.: $100

Pauline Barnes: $50

Kevin P. Eltife: $500

Jeff Austin III: $300

LeRoy Francis Sr.: $100

Daveda Beddingfield: $300

Gina and Archie White: $100

R.C. Curtis: $200

Gaylord T. Hughey Jr.: $500

Allen and Cindy Bell: $100

Mims’ contributions:

Claretta Allen: $100

Contributions of $50 or less: $125

In-kind contributions:

Herwanea Sirles ($100) for advertising



I came to the Tyler Morning Telegraph in September 2019. I report on crime, courts, breaking news and various events in Tyler and East Texas.

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