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.
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
Claretta Allen: $100
Contributions of $50 or less: $125
Herwanea Sirles ($100) for advertising