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Speedy’s ahead of field in spending

Campaign finance reports filed recently with the Harrison County Election Commission hold few surprises, because it’s easily predictable from the all signs — and it’s true — that sheriff candidate Roy (Speedy) McClanahan of Palmyra has spent more than any candidate in any of the races.
So far, McClanahan’s spending totals $13,104, and no individual has contributed more than $100 to his campaign, according to his report filed April 18 which covers campaign contributions and expenses up to midnight, April 12.
McClanahan’s spending is reflected in billboards, newspaper advertisements, cards and other giveaways such as post-it-notes, pens, scratch pads, and small and large campaign signs from one end of the county to the other.
Any candidate running for an office that pays more than $5,000 a year is required to file a financial campaign report. The sheriff is paid under contract. The amount this year is $78,000.
Dennis Byrd and Gordon Ingle, Democratic candidates for prosecutor, placed second in their financial campaigns thus far, with Byrd’s war chest totaling $6,702 and Ingle’s $9,778. Byrd had no contributions of more than $100, while Ingle reported $3,450 from a number of sources. He has spent $9,484, and Byrd, $6,195.
The prosecutor is paid $90,000 a year by the state.
The trend in campaigning, as shown in other reports, leans heavily toward those yard signs and larger signs in conspicuous places.
A brouhaha over two missing signs for sheriff candidates in Corydon last week was quelled. The property owner, Darrell Shireman, said he’d given his word that no other sheriff’s candidates than one would be allowed to place signs on his property. Nevertheless, two signs were placed there without his prior knowledge, and Don Pittman (who supports another candidate) took the signs down with Shireman’s blessing.
“I gave Don permission” to put up a sheriff’s candidate’s sign, which turned out to be for the current sheriff, Republican C. Wendell Smith. Shireman said none of the signs he allows on his property means he supports one candidate over another, but he also gave Pittman permission to take down those two signs that were there without permission.
So apparently no charges are warranted in the matter, at least not against Pittman.
A unique campaign approach was taken by sheriff candidate William R. Brock Sr., D-New Middletown. He had long-stemmed red and white roses delivered Monday to women around Corydon and elsewhere.
Did the men feel slighted?
“He could have given us a beer,” one fellow quipped anonymously. (He doesn’t live in Harrison County, so he couldn’t vote for Brock anyway.)
Here’s a look at the coffers of other candidates in major contested races.
In alphabetical order, the sheriff’s races:
Ed Adams, $4,100
Charles Adamson, $3,363
William R. Brock, $4,700
Michael Deatrick, $6,270
Greg Gibson, $2,480
Michael Gregory, $3,219
David Heilig, $2,494
Donald Mathes, $1,515
Richard McKinstry, $2,435
Randy Orme, $2,849
Rolla Pirtle, $326
Ray E. Saylor, $850
C. Wendell Smith, $5,709.
In the Third District Commissioner race: Jeffery W. Adams, $1,373; Gene Garrett, $388; James Heitkemper, $2,034; Clyde Sailor, $1,476; and Terry Miller, $2,300. (Harrison County’s three commissioners are each currently paid $18,824 yearly.)
In the four district council races: Alvin Brown, $574; Dennis Coleman, $1,018; Ernest L. Emily, $285; Andy Eschbacher, $488; Ray Lillpop, $230; Jesse W. Mathes, $200; William Nichols, $257; Larry Ragains, none; Keith Sallee, $709; and Doug Willard, none. (The seven Council members are paid $10,000 each, annually.)