Capt. Scott Peebles reported nearly three times more money than all the other Richmond County sheriff candidates combined, according to campaign disclosure reports filed with the state this month.
Peebles, who is taking a leave of absence during his campaign, reported a total of $63,100 in campaign donations raised before March 31, the deadline for the first reporting period set by the state. His total was about seven times the amount raised by schools Public Safety Lt. Richard Roundtree and more than four times the amount reported by sheriff’s Lt. Robbie Silas.
The other two candidates for sheriff, Lt. John Ivey and attorney Freddie Sanders, reported no money collected before March 31.
“We got started too late to raise any money yet,” said Sanders, who declared his intentions to run as a Republican on April 2.
Ivey said he would have campaign contributions to report at the end of the next reporting period, which ends June 30, a few days after the qualifying period for elections.
During March, $2,600, or about 20 percent, of Silas’ donations came in contributions of less than $100. The rest came from 10 individual contributors. Silas reported no expenses in the first reporting period.
About $6,125 of Roundtree’s donations came from 14 businesses and individual contributors. About $2,802, or 31 percent, came from donations of less than $100. Roundtree’s campaign expenses totaled about $3,300 for the first reporting period,
Peebles’ campaign report listed about 115 businesses and individuals as contributors. More than half of his total came from about 30 contributors who gave at least $1,000. Only $700, or about 1 percent, came in the form of contributions of less than $100. Peebles reported about $3,898 in expenses in the first reporting period, most of which was for his Web site, catering and photography.