Incumbent Smith County Judge Joel Baker outraised his challenger John Furlow by almost $80,000, according to the first campaign finance reports filed with the election office.
Baker, 45, an attorney and two term county judge, raised $84,549 during the reporting period, which ended Wednesday. His campaign spent $43,036 and maintained $43,512, with no reported outstanding debt or loans.
Furlow, 57, a retired Texas National Guard major general and local certified public accountant, raised $4,755.31 and spent $10,124.99 from Sept. 12, 2013 to Jan. 15. He opened a political expenditure account and has been spending personal money. Furlow then reimburses his personal account, his treasurer Nathan Kelley said.
He reported 837.69 maintained in his coffer.
Baker and Furlow will face each other in the March Republican Primary. The primary will decide who will become county judge because Democrat filed for the position.
CONTRIBUTIONS FOR BAKER INCLUDE:
Cheryl Threlkeld; Allen and Cindy Bell; Peyton Lake; Chip and Rosemary Jones; Jud Adams; Myrtis Smith; J.B. Belue; Diane DeVasto; Elam and Betty Swan; Steve and June Hillis; J. Scott Killough; Russell and Diana Patterson; Bill and Ann Coleman; Jeff and Michelle Carr; William Stoudt, of Longview; Allen and Janet Fair; Mrs. Thomas Swann; Ken and Reba Smith; John Payne; Gary and Phyllis Kimmel; Terrie and Scott King; William and Rose Bellenfant; Linda Rowe; Cathy Shipp; Woodrow Roark; Richard Patterson;
Andrew Melontree; Andy and Diane Wall;
Dennis Box; W.C. Lust; Carolyn and Leroy Potts;
John Minton; Douglas and Mary McSwane; James and Valorie Hedrick; Rick and Bonnie Rayford; Whit and Cynthia Riter; Taylor and Joan Burns; Jeff and Sabrina Warr; Michael and Susan Bosworth; Brent Bossart; Michael and Katharina Klouda; Jim and Bess Arnold; Gillian Brasfield; Jackie DeNoyelles; Paul Powell; Mike and Misty Collins; Tommy and Sharlotte Hyde; Todd Threlkeld; Jim Lambeth; Shauna Lambeth; Andy and Beth Guinn; T.N. and Joyce Cammack; John and Margaret Moss; John Sykes; John and Marilyn Glass; Tony and Sarah Cain; Dean and Brenda Cagle; Susan and Robert Davis; Ellen and John Musselman; Rod and Merle Mabry; Kirk and Jeanette Calhoun; Eleanor Stringer; Jan and Sue Garrett; Ben and Elizabeth Sutton; Brian Hancock; Jana and Ronnie Humphrey; Sam Dawson; Bruce and Judy Carter; Lonny and Kelley Uzzell; Jim Gillen; Brown, Bauman and Smith; Paul and Holly Boyd; Danny and Sandy Adams; Thomas and Pam Smith; John and Liz Webb; Diane and Robin Heindel; Steve and Debbie Roosth; Bob and Susan McFarland; Ron and Mary Brazzel; Barbara Shtofman; Wade Ridley; Chip and Rosemary Jones; Frank and Agnes Ward; Don Thedford; A.E. Shull; Celia Flowers; Tom Ramey, Jr.; Charles and Fran Hall; Trey Graham; Larry and Sandra Bolton; Ken Raney; Betty and Louis Bower; Cory Stephens; Douglas and Maxine Flatt; Mike and Donna Metke; Betty Ann and Don Smith; Larry and Shirley Snodgrass; Jay Propes, of Austin;
John and Bridget Fry;
C.C. and Brenda Baker; Ken Threlkeld, Felicity and John Reedy; Pat Pinkerton; Linebarger, Goggan, Blair and Sampson; Tab and Bonnie Beall; Joe and Jan Norton; Joey and Kristen Seeber; Meredith and Mark Roberts; Mark Sanders; Michelle and B. Tim Brookshire; Bobbie King; Allen and Lisa Gardner; Don Chase; Lori and Eric Smith; Rick Kinsey; Robert Peltier; Jeff Austin III; Brad Brookshire; Doug and Patti Mehling
David Teegarden; Harold Beaird; B.G. Hartley; Jim Perkins; Terry and Dennis Darryl; Linda Sellers; Gaylord Hughey; Robert and Nancy Patterson; Mary John Spence; Kevin Eltife; Marilyn and Ray Thompson; Bob and Debbie Garrett; Elmer and Betsy Ellis; Deron and Shannon Dacus; Randall and Darla Childress; Ruben Martin; J. Lindsey and Vicki Bradley;
Curtis Mewbourne; Harold and Rosemary Beaird;
Herbert and Melvina Buie;
Jamal and Marilyn Moharer;
Royce and Jana Wisenbaker; Brandon and Andrea Steele.
BAKER’S CAMPAIGN EPENDITURES INCLUDE:
Heart of Tyler, social event; East Texas Crisis Center; donation; Bullard Area Chamber of Commerce; Smith County Historical Society; Troup Chamber of Commerce;
Junior League of Tyler;
Historic Tyler, Inc., sponsorship; Moore MST Magnet, gift; Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County, sponsorship; Donna Wagner, photography; Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, dues; Sheryl Penn, fair marketing;
Lindale Chamber of Commerce;
Bethesda Health Clinic, donation; Ducks Unlimited, banquet;
Kiwanis, turkey shoot;
North Tyler Day Nursery for sponsorship; Cancer Foundation for Life, sponsorship; The Arc of Smith County, sponsorship; Discovery Science Place, sponsorship;
Whitehouse Chamber of Commerce, dues;
Laura Zorn, advertising;
Smith County Bar Association, fundraiser/event;
B&H Photo, projector stands;
Tyler Valet Parking Services, valets for event;
Junior League of Tyler;
Impressive Image Works, business cards;
Dustin Becker, music;
East Texas State Fair for booth; Luis Martinez, advertising expense-paint;
$644 Facebook Inc., advertising;
Nick’s Trailer Hitches;
Crist Media Group, web design;
Office Depot, campaign material;
AT&T Mobility, phone;
Wal-Mart, event supplies;
Best Buy, office supplies;
Mundt Music, sound equipment;
Danwal, Inc., signage;
Dowdle Motor Sales, trailer with logo;
Willowbrook Country Club, reception;
Willis Interests, for consulting.
CONTRIBUTIONS FOR FURLOW INCLUDE:
Anthony Bruner, of Mineola; Robert Dear; George Stephenson; Rosalie Howerton; Janet Baber; Donn Rust; Nancy Harvey Blomdahl; John Childs; Suzanne Mitchell; Suzy Smith; Edgar McGee;
John Harper; Sharon Guthrie;
$3,000 (in-kind contribution for campaign website)
FURLOW’SCAMPAIGN EPENDITURES INCLUDE:
Bullard Chamber of Commerce;
Wrist-Band.com, campaign material;
Impressive Business Forms, push cards;
Global Mailing Service, address data;
NationalPen.com, campaign pens;
NameTagCountry.com, campaign name tags;
Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce;
VistaPrint.com, campaign signs;
Designer Graphics, campaign signs.