Campaign Disclosures

By: Jessica Lindley, Cherokee Tribune

The 2016 race for the next Cherokee County sheriff is already shaping up to be competitive with candidates starting to build war chests.

Campaign disclosures were submitted to the Cherokee County Elections and Voter Registration on June 30 and
candidates Frank Reynolds, David Waters, Jeff Donley and James “Chip” McCarthy are showing contributions to their respective campaigns.

Reynolds, the commander of field operations with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, has raised the most money during the reporting period, disclosures show.

Reynolds has more than 20 years of law enforcement experience, some of which was earned at the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office where he started his career in 1994.

On his June 30 campaign disclosure, Reynolds shows $14,985, plus $300 in-kind, to report at the beginning of the three-month reporting period. He itemizes $32,594, plus $2,760 in-kind, in contributions during the reporting period. His total contributions to date are $49,907.

Prior to this period, he reports spending $6,559. He reports $28,855 in expenditures this period and $35,414 total in expenditures.

Net balance on hand is $14,493.

The campaign is reporting no indebtedness.

Major contributions include: Eileen Reynolds, Canton, $500; Diversified Electronics, Forest Park, $600; Tom Phillips, Marietta, $2,000; Advanced Systems Inc., Woodstock, $2,500; A&A Bonding, Jasper, $1,000; Melissa Fortgang, Woodstock, $2,000; Ron Hunton, Kingston, $125; Steve and Lisa Woodruff, Canton, $500; Jeff Hall, Canton, $600; Tom Phillips Co., Jasper, $2,500 and $500; Michael Venderberg, Dallas, Georgia, $485; Michael Conway, Woodstock, $485; Dr. Jill Mabley, Lebanon, $242; J.D. Weaver Enterprises, Birmingham, Alabama, $1,500; Zellman Publishing LLC, Canton, $600; Consolidated Telecom Inc., Irving, Texas, $2,500; Richard and Dana Hall, Canton, $600; A&A Bonding, Jasper, $600; Troy Welker, Panama City, Florida, $2,427; Hasty Pope LLP, Canton, $600; MAC Mechanical Services LLC, Jasper, $1,500; J.D. Weaver Enterprises Inc., Birmingham, Alabama, $600; and Georgia Arms, Villa Rica, $1,176.

Major expenditures include: Chalmers Law Group, Johns Creek, $2,500; Jones Web Design, Cartersville, $500; Cherokee Ledger-News, Woodstock, $538; Cherokee Tribune, Canton, $650; Deadline Apparel, Woodstock, $1,987; Center Cut Catering, Woodstock, $2,456; Around About Local Media, Woodstock, $4,798; Family Life Publications, Canton, $3,250; Cherokee County Historical Society, Canton, $1,000; Woodmont Country Club, Canton, $3,365; and Chandler Graphics, Canton, $1,091.

McCarthy, 57, of Woodstock, has about 36 years of law enforcement experience and is serving as the chief of police for the city of Fairburn. McCarthy shows $1,300 to report at the beginning of the three-month period.

He itemizes $24,950 in contributions during the three-month reporting period, plus $1,550 in-kind. His total contributions to date are $26,575, with $25,272 reported this period. Contributions less than $100 totaled $325.

Prior to this period, he reported spending zero dollars on his campaign. He reports $5,842 in expenditures this period and does not report a net balance on hand.

The campaign has no indebtedness, according to the report.

Major contributions include: Jeanine Weiner, Atlanta, $2,500 and $1,300; Broward Management, Sandy Springs, $2,500 and $1,300; Brandon Weiner, Athens, $2,500 and $1,300; Jay Davis, Atlanta, $2,500; H.J. Rosenberg, Atlanta, $2,500; Fred Bleiberg, Atlanta, $500; Continental Traffic, Memphis, Tennessee, $2,500; Brian Martin, Roswell, $1,000; Joseph Fried, Atlanta, $1,000; Robert Akers, Sandy Springs, $1,000; SSH Inc., Sandy Springs, $750 in-kind; and Mike Craig, Canton, $800 in-kind.

Major expenditures include: SSH Inc., Sandy Springs, $4,592; and Chris Savas Photography, Marietta, $500.

Waters, a lifelong Cherokee County resident, who unsuccessfully ran against Garrison in 2012, is retired from the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. He has 35 years of law enforcement experience, some of which was spent at the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office early on in his career.

Waters itemized $13,327 in contributions, plus $1,220 in-kind, during the three-month reporting period. He also reports $40 in-kind contributions of less than $100 and $2,141 in cash.

His total contributions to date are $15,468.

Waters reports no expenditures prior to the disclosure, with $11,860 in expenditures reported during the three-month reporting period.

Net balance on hand is $3,572, according to the report. The disclosure additionally shows no indebtedness at the end of the period.

Major contributions include: Ted and Jacqueline Archer, Canton, $250; Daniels’ Body Shop, Canton, $2,000; Troy Daniel, Canton, $1,000; Don Ware, Canton, $750 in-kind; In Their Honor Transports Inc., Canton, $2,000; Sen. Bruce Thompson, R-Adairsville, $250; Sosebee Funeral Home, Canton, $500; John and Dorthy Leffingwell, Canton, $500; Fox Fires Green Inc., Canton, $500; Richard Stalnaker, White, $1,000; Coin Laundry and Car Wash, Canton, $500; WCK Properties, Canton, $500; and Book Logiz, Alpharetta, $935 in-kind.

Major expenditures include: Pete Castello, Acworth, $5,000; SEOTERIC, Watkinsville, $600; New Life Church, Canton, $750; KBI LLC, Omaha, Nebraska, $2,657; SE Apparel Inc., Ball Ground, $1,068; and Theresa Laucella, Cumming, $535.

Donley, 52, of Canton, said he has 31 years of experience in law enforcement and has retired from the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office.

In his June 30 campaign disclosure, Donley itemized $5,370 in contributions during the three-month reporting period. He reports zero dollars in contributions of less than $100, and his total contributions to date are $5,370.

Donley reports no expenditures prior to the disclosure, with $2,370 in expenditures reported during the three-month reporting period. Donley is reporting a zero dollar net balance on hand and no indebtedness at the end of the period.

Donley did not list the itemized contributions on his initial report submitted June 30; however, Supervisor of Election Kim Stancil said he was aware of the oversite.

“He is aware that he did not list them when he submitted it,” she said. “He has just now submitted an amended one for us to review and approve it.”

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