GREENSBURG – Candidates for major political offices this year raised a combined $12,260.16 for the primary election May 6, reflecting a dearth of competition.
The 17 candidates for major offices including sheriff, prosecutor and county commissioner, have raised $721.19 on average. The vast majority of their “war chests” came from their own pockets — or the purses of family members.
Candidates had to file pre-primary campaign finance reports this week in which they revealed who contributed to their campaigns, how they spent their money and how much they have left to spend.
Primary Election Day is May 6. The primary allows the electorate to choose which candidates within a political party will vie for public office in the fall against candidates from other parties.
Many major offices, including superior court judge, prosecuting attorney, sheriff and county council, feature no contests in the primary, meaning that no more than one candidate per party has indicated a willingness to seek the office.
Decatur County Clerk Janet Chadwell said this week that low turnout for early voting was due, at least in part, to the low number of contested primary races.
Deputy Clerk Faith Koors said the lack of competition also has limited the candidates’ need to raise and spend money in the primary election season. She said candidates’ fundraising and spending activities will spike before the general election in November when many of them will face opponents from the other parties.
Eight of the 17 major candidates, including all Decatur County Council candidates from both parties, filed reports this week that indicated they had raised zero dollars, spent zero dollars, and had zero dollars cash on hand.
Only three candidates — Adina Roberts, the sole Republican running for county clerk, Steven A. Snyder, the sole Republican running for sheriff, and Christopher Tebbe, the sole Democrat vying for prosecutor, had raised more than $1,000 in the first quarter.