Normally, there is little money spent in a campaign for a local judgeship.
But for the upcoming primary in Howard County, incumbent George Hopkins and challenger Hans Pate are turning up the heat.
Collectively, they have spent $14,768 in the race for the GOP nomination for Superior Court 4 judge.
Hopkins started the reporting period, which ended on April 20, with $884 on hand and raised $6,568 for the first four months of 2012. He reported spending $6,195 for the period, leaving $1,257 for the final two weeks of the campaign.
Pate reported raising $8,719, of which was $2,000 he provided the campaign, and spending a total of $8,573. Pate’s campaign showed a balance of $146.
The second most expensive primary contest is for the Republican Party’s nomination for the District 3 seat on the Howard County Board of Commissioners between Brad Bagwell and Brad Bray.
Bray’s campaign reported contributions of $7,639 and expenditures of $7,033 for the first four months of the year. Bray’s committee showed it has a debt of $6,099. Bray’s campaign showed a balance of $606.
Bagwell’s started the year with a cash balance of $552 and reported contributions of $2,366. The campaign has spent $2,410 and has a balance of $508. Bagwell received a $500 contribution from State Sen. Jim Buck and $150 from Scott Kern, the party’s 2011 mayoral candidate.
In the race for the auditor’s nomination in the Republican Party primary, Martha Lake and Konny Zurcher have spent a total of $8,849 on their respective campaigns.
Zurcher’s committee reported contributions of $4,800 through April 20 and expenditures of $3,311. The campaign had a balance of $1,489 for the final weeks of the campaign.
Zurcher has spent $1,714 on her campaign and received a $500 donation from the campaign committee of former State Rep. John Smith.
Lake’s committee started the year with a cash balance of $1,023 and reported contributions of $5,033. The campaign has spent $5,538 and had $518 remaining. Lake has provided $1,676 for her campaign.
The six candidates seeking the three GOP at-large nominations for the Howard County Council have spent a total of $5,920.
Incumbent Jeff Stout started the year with $128 and the candidate contributed $2,250 to the campaign, which was the amount spent.
Art Fross reported raising $2,509 and has spent $2,144, leaving a cash balance of $365. The Home Builders Association contributed $500 to the campaign.
Clee Oliver reported contributions of $1,075 and expenditures of $498. Oliver contributed $1,000 to the campaign.
James Papacek reported contributions and expenditures of $356.
Incumbent Stan Ortman’s report showed no contributions or expenditures through April 20.
Candidate Jay Martin’s campaign reported a negative balance of $671 on his campaign to date.