The Washington Times-Herald


April 26, 2014

Candidates mostly self funding local primary elections this year

Largest contributions from Boyds, Grabers

It is less than two weeks before the Daviess County primary, local candidates have filed campaign finance reports with the Daviess County Clerk's office.

Most of those reports, required by law for all candidates seeking county or township office, had zeros in many columns. But three of the largest and most talked about races in the county did have some finances to report.

Contributions and expenditures were found in three hotly contested races - Sheriff, District 2 County Commissioner and Washington Township Trustee.

In all three of those races, most of the contributions came from the candidates themselves. The Washington Township Trustee's race is mostly self-funded by incumbent Michelle Guy and challenger Linda Cornelius. All of Guy's total $2,143 in contributions were from herself. Although Cornelius raised $200 from outside contributions, she gave her campaign $5,000.

It isn't until the election for sheriff and commissioner that we find larger contributions from individuals and corporations. The largest amount raised was incumbent Sheriff Jerry Harbstreit with $34,300. Harbstreit mainly self-financed his campaign, with a $10,000 contribution at one point. He did receive a $5,000 contribution from Boyd and Sons for the primary.

Jerry Maddox, Harbstreit's challenger in the primary, raised $8,871 in contributions. Although Maddox contributed $2,500 to his campaign, the largest contribution was $5,000 from Mary Graber, 11320E 1475N.

In the commissioner's race, challenger Nathan Gabhart gave his campaign $4,500, but also received large contributions. He received $5,000 from Glen S. Graber and other $1,000 contributions. Gabhart has raised $12,900 for the primary.

Commissioner incumbent Larry Wilson raised a little over half that amount with $6,700. Wilson only gave his campaign $1,000 and had numerous donations from smaller donors, including $1,000 from Boyd and Sons.

But the largest amount of money spent politically in Daviess County has not been revealed as campaign finance reports for candidates for Dist. 39 State Senate and Dist. 63 State Rep. have not been made available by the state Secretary of State's office.

In the District 39 race, where Washington's Eric Bassler is challenging incumbent John Waterman, totals in upwards of $100,000 are expected when reports are released next week. Large contribution reports are available and Bassler has outraised Waterman in large contributions, $8,500 to $3,000.


Online: Read the local campaign finance reports, including contributions, for three local races online at

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