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November 4, 2012

Harrison ahead of Daws in contributions race

— In the race for the District 4 seat on the Limestone County Commission incumbent Democrat Bill Daws and Republican challenger Ben Harrison raised nearly equal contributions from individuals, businesses and Political Action Committees. However, Harrison outpaced Daws by adding a loan to himself, according to reports in the office of the Limestone County probate judge. The election is Nov. 6.

Ben Harrison

Harrison raised at least $5,850 in contributions from individuals and one Political Action Committee. He also added $2,000 of his own money between December 2011 and October. Among Harrison’s contributors, so far, are:

Individuals: William R. Harrison, $1,000; Jerry Wright, $500; and Anthony Llewellyn, $350.

Businesses:

Political Action Committees: Limestone County Republican Party, $4,000.

In-kind contributions:

Loans to self: Benjamin Harrison, $2,000

Cash:

Ending balance on Oct. 26: $1,618 after paying for business cards, signs, Republican Executive Committee, advertising, canvassing equipment, consulting, polling, printing, etc.

Background: Before starting his small business, Harrison, 52, served as technical services manager overseeing industrial engineering, process control, and environmental engineering for the Owens-Corning Huntsville plant. Harrison has said he is committed to improving the operations of the commission and all its related activities, rather than just maintaining the status quo.

Bill Daws

Daws raised at least $5,965 in contributions from individuals, businesses, one Political Action Committee and cash donors between January and October. Much of his total was in cash that did not require itemization. Among Daws’ contributors, so far, are:

Individuals: Chad Tribble, $200; William Dunavant, $200; and Betty Hochstetler, $200.

Businesses: Certified Appraisal Service, $300; and CCS Garbage Service, $400. 

Political Action Committees: Limestone County Democratic Executive Committee, $1,050.

In-kind contributions:

Loans to self:

Cash: $3,615.

Ending balance on Oct. 31: $11 after paying for Pepsi and Limestone Cattlemen food, signs, advertising, etc.

Background: After 19 years as maintenance professional at Wolverine, Daws, 53, attended the Alabama Police Academy and became a sheriff’s deputy until opening Bill Daws Excavating in 1999. As District 4 commissioner for the past 10 years, Daws has said his goals for the office are safety, service, jobs and availability any hour of the day or night.

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