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Editor’s Note: This is part of a series of stories looking at the financial disclosure reports for candidates seeking office in the Aug. 7 Local General/State Primary Election.

The Tennessee Constitution provides counties six constitutional officers: County Executive (Mayor), Sheriff, Trustee, Register, County Clerk and Assessor of Property.

These changes occurred in 1978 when an amendment restructured the basic framework of county government, according to the article “County Government under the Tennessee Constitution” by the County Technical Assistance Service.

The term for each office is four years. However, the Assessor of Property is elected the same year as presidential elections are held, while the other five office holders are elected the same year as gubernatorial elections.

In the Aug. 7 County General Election, of the five constitutional offices up for election, only one is contested, while for the other four offices the incumbents are running unopposed. 

County Mayor

Randall Hutto is running unopposed for his second term in office. On Oct. 8, 2013, he filed his Appointment of Political Treasurer form naming Lou Ann Hutto as his treasurer.

His Year-End Supplemental Campaign Financial Disclosure Statement was filed on Jan. 28 and showed a balance on hand of $74.52. He received $4,089.52 in unitemized monetary contributions, which are those in the amount of $100 or less. Itemized monetary contributions, which are those over a $100, were $8,750.00, for a total of $12,839.52 in total contributions.

He received one $1,000 donation from the IBEW PAC Educational Fund. The remainder of his itemized contributions were from individuals.

Expenditures totaled $2,456.37, of which $205.61 were unitemized, meaning they were less than $100. He listed no in-kind contributions or outstanding obligations, leaving his balance on hand at $10,457.67.

Hutto’s First Quarter Campaign Financial Disclosure Statement, filed on April 8, showed he received contributions totaling $200 and expenditures of $1,687.64, leaving a balance on hand of $8,970.03

The $200 were unitemized contributions. He had $410.64 in unitemized expenditures and $1,277 in itemized contributions, mostly for advertising expenses.

He had no in-kind contributions or outstanding obligations. 

Trustee

Nick Hays of Lebanon is running against incumbent Jim Majors, who is seeking his third term in office.

Hays filed his Appointment of Political Treasurer form naming Kathy Haskins as his treasurer on Feb. 24.

His First Quarter Campaign Financial Disclosure Statement, filed on April 10, showed he received contributions totaling $4,409 and expenditures of $1,128.78, leaving a balance on hand of $3,280.22.

His financial disclosure showed $1,624 in unitemized contributions and $2,785 in itemized contributions.

Hays had $38.78 in unitemized expenditures and $1,090 in itemized contributions for his campaign kickoff, advertising and campaign material.

He had no in-kind contributions and no outstanding obligations.

Incumbent Majors filed his Appointment of Political Treasurer form naming himself as his treasurer on Jan. 3.

The cover sheet of his First Quarter Campaign Financial Disclosure Statement, filed on April 2, showed a $0 balance on hand, $628 in contributions and $25 in expenditures, leaving a balance on hand of $603.

His Summary sheet, which is where unitemized contributions are listed, had a $0 on that line and no contributions over $100 were listed on subsequent Itemized Statement of Contributions’ sheets.

The $25 in expenditures was listed under unitemized expenditures to Signs Now. He had no in-kind contributions listed and had no outstanding obligations. 

Sheriff

Incumbent Robert Bryan is running unopposed for his first full-term in office, Bryan was appointed on Oct. 12, 2012, by the Wilson County Commission to fulfill the remaining term of former Sheriff Terry Ashe, who retired to accept the executive director position of the Tennessee Sheriff’s Association.

Bryan filed an Appointment of Political Treasurer on April 1, 2013, naming himself as treasurer.

On Jan. 27, Bryan filed his Year-End Supplemental Campaign Financial Disclosure Statement, which showed a balance on hand from the last report of $24,177.09, total contributions of $2,800 and total expenditures of $1,374, for a ending balance on hand of $25,603.09.

His report listed $300 in unitemized monetary contributions and $2,500 in itemized contributions. He received two $1,000 contributions from two businesses.

He listed $525.38 in unitemized expenditures, of which $450 were listed as donations for advertising. Itemized expenditures totaled $924 for sponsorships/donations and advertising.

There were no in-kind donations listed nor any outstanding obligations.

On April 4, he filed a new Appointment of Political Treasurer form naming Charles C. Bryan as treasurer.

His First Quarter Campaign Financial Disclosure Statement, filed on April 9, showed an on-hand balance of $25,603.09, contributions totaling $3,850 and expenditures of $$1,220.38, leaving a balance on hand of $$28,232.71.

Unitemized contributions totaled $100, while itemized monetary contributions totaled $3,750. He received two $1,500 donations, the maximum amount allowed for contributions from individuals.

Unitemized expenditures totaled $325.38, while he had $895 in itemized contributions, primarily for sponsorships/donations.

Bryan had no in-kind expenditures and no outstanding obligations.

Amelia Morrison Hipps is a correspondent for The Wilson Post. She may be reached at amhipps@downhomepolitics.com.

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