Rhonda Thurman Putting $5,003 Into County Commission Write-In Effort; Leads Fairbanks In Current Funds Total

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Veteran County School Board member Rhonda Thurman is putting $5,003 of her own money into a campaign to try to defeat Republican nominee Randy Fairbanks. In addition, she has received $5,147 in contributions.

That puts her ahead of Mr. Fairbanks, who upset Commission Chairman Fred Skillern in the primary. He raised $8,885 in the last reporting period to go with $1,493 on hand. He has loaned his campaign $2,500.

Donors to the Thurman campaign include $750 from Kenneth Price, $500 from Tim Potter, Wade and Betty Hatfield, and Richard Floyd, $300 from Ernie McCarson, $250 from D.R. and M.K. Matthews, $200 from Ronnie and Ressa Payne, $200 from Gregg Juster and $150 from Bernice McClendon.

Her brother, Ricky Skiles, had $163.88 in in-kind contributions.

Her only expenditure listed was $1,532.29 to HK Murray of Highway 58 for signs.

Mr. Fairbanks received $1,500 from Henry Luken and another $1,500 from Kelley Luken, $1,000 from the Committee to Elect Gerald McCormick,  the IBEW PAC, and the Homebuilders Association, $500 from Sharon Pierce, $300 from the Hamilton County Education Association, $250 from Jim Vincent and Chris Clem, $200 from Friends of Bo Watson, and Carl Scarbrough, $150 from Rob Philyaw, $100 from Jim Hammond for Sheriff, Oscar Brock, Lenda Clark, Wayne Shearer and Wilburn Ricketts.

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