Many elected officials have contributed to the race for Dickson’s mayor, according to campaign finance reports submitted by the two candidates.
The reports, which cover April, May and June, were submitted in early July and then acquired by the Dickson Post.
Mayor Don Weiss reported raising over $20,500 for his election fund in the quarterly report. Candidate Justin Walton reported bringing in about $2,100 in contributions.
All 59 contributors to Weiss gave more than $100. That includes contributions from six elected officials, including half of the city council. Council members Betty Lou Alsobrooks, Jason Epley, Robby Harmon and Horace Perkins all gave money to the Weiss campaign.
County Mayor Bob Rial and County Clerk Luanne Greer each contributed $500. Greer is serving as Weiss’ treasurer for the campaign, according to the report.
Non-elected city employees also provided funds. Police Chief Jeff Lewis, city administrator Rydell Wesson and city attorney Jerry V. Smith all contributed, according to the report. Dickson County Attorney Brian Ragan also contributed.
Thirty-two percent of Walton’s contributions were less than $100. Two donors gave more than $100. No elected officials had contributed over $100 to Walton's campaign during the time period, according to his report.
Walton reported using about $750 on promotional items like T-shirts, signs, banners and professional photographs during the quarter. Weiss used just over $1,000 with the bulk of spending going toward a campaign fundraiser at Greystone Golf Club.
Both candidates will submit updated campaign finance reports Sept. 18, administrator of elections Roxanna Hagewood said.
The mayor and city council elections are Sept. 26 and the last day to register to vote is Aug. 27. Early voting will be Friday, Sept. 6 through Saturday, Sept. 21.