By Jean Cole
When it comes to campaign contributions, Republican Brad Curnutt has a strong lead in the race to be the next Limestone County circuit clerk.
Curnutt raised a total of $25,445 in contributions between Jan. 31 and Oct. 26, compared to zero contributions raised by opponent Democrat Kris Allen between Jan. 31 and June 30, the last time Allen reported, according to documents at the Alabama Secretary of State’s office.
Allen, a Decatur car salesman who lives in Athens, believes his 15 years of customer-service training would make him the best choice for circuit clerk.
Curnutt, who worked for the Limestone County Sheriff’s Department for 18 years before taking a leave of absence to run for office, believes his law-enforcement background would make him the best choice for circuit clerk.
Curnutt’s campaign total including $13,465 in itemized donations and $9,330 in cash donations that did not have to be itemized. Among his contributors were:
Individuals: Randy Goode, $350; Walter Curnutt, $500; Chisolm Downs, $300; Josh McLaughlin, $300; Dr. James and Sharon Walker, $400; Brenda Owens, $200; Matt Haney, $2,500; Kip Bates, $20; Bucky Patton, $40; Kim Bertels, $100; and David Ruf Farm, $150.
Businesses: Sunrise Janitorial Service, $400; Jiffy Foods, $250; CR Mechanical, $2,000; CCS Garbage, $200; Cottonhead Farms, $250; and McCurry Motors, $500.
Political Action Committees: Alabama Realtors PAC/Athens-Limestone Association of Realtors, $1,005; Limestone County Republican Party/Executive Committee, $3,000; and Limestone County Republican Executive Committee, $1,000.
In-kind (itemized): Alicia Looney, $50 for advertising.
In-kind (non-itemized): $200.
Loans: Brad Curnutt to himself, $2,400.
Cash donations (non itemized): $9,330.
Because these two candidates are running for a state office, their campaign finance reports are available online at the Secretary of State’s office at http://arc-sos.state.al.us/CGI/ELCNAME.MBR/INPUT.
(One week’s report for Curnutt is incorrect. The March 9 report should list a total of $185 under contributions, not $6,394.07. The latter number includes the $185 in contributions added to the beginning balance of $6,209.07 from the previous month. The detailed report for the month correctly reflects $185 in contributions.)