Candidates spending little on election

By Thomas Wilson


   A few newspaper advertisements and a smattering of campaign signs dot a handful of yards around the city in what has shaped up to be a rather quiet election for Elizabethton City Council and School Board races.
   Elizabethtonians will choose four city council members from eight candidates -- and two school board members from three candidates -- on November 5.
   Tuesday was the deadline for submission of financial disclosure statements detailing campaign contributions and expenditures from candidates running for city and state offices.
   William "Don" Pectol, 2300 Edgewood Avenue, led city council candidates with total reported funds of $3,005 raised and $2,305 in campaign disbursements, according to his statement. Of funds raised, Pectol reported a $2,500 loan plus $505 in unitemized contributions of less than $100.
   Incumbent Sam Shipley, 609 Barker Street, reported funds of $1,900 and expenditures of over $1,500 for the reporting period, while challenger Sid Cox reported $1,850 in funds raised and $1,180 spent.
   Challenger Robert Smalling, 607 Westwood Drive, received $578 in unitemized campaign contributions, according to his disclosure report. Incumbent Janie Smith McKinney, 113 West H Street, received $500 in donations and $159 in disbursements, according to her statement.
   Financial disclosure statements submitted by city council candidates Pat Red Bowers, 1224 Thomas Boulevard, Diane Morris, 1109 Berry Road, and John W. Hughes, 316 Carter Boulevard, reported no campaign donations or expenditures during the reporting period.
   School Board member incumbents Catherine Wooten Armstrong, 404 East H Street, and Bob Berry, 1307 Circle Drive, reported no campaign donations. Challenger William T. "Sonny" Hunt, 411 East K Street, also listed no contributions for the period.
   Contributions over $100 made to a candidate must include the person or organization who contributed to the campaign.
   The statements reflect campaign fundraising from Sept. 16 through Oct. 26. Early voting began Oct. 16 and will conclude tomorrow.