By Ginny LaRoe Staff Writer
Hamilton County Sheriff John Cupp did not raise or spend any campaign funds during the last reporting cycle while Andy Derryberry, his opponent in the Republican primary, raised more than $20,000, campaign financial disclosure statements show.
"If I can raise that much money running against a 12-year incumbent, running in the same primary, the voters are sending a signal its time for a change," Mr. Derryberry said.
Sheriff Cupp, who became sheriff in 1994, has about $6,217 in his campaign coffer. That money remains from the 2002 election.
Mike Walden, Sheriff Cupps campaign treasurer, said the sheriff has raised money since the March 31 reporting cycle ended.
"In a week, we can raise what Derryberry raised," Mr. Walden said Tuesday.
Mr. Derryberry reported raising $20,884 and spending $14,275, according to the April 10 disclosure statements.
Democratic candidate Billy Long reported raising about $15,365 this period and spending about $8,460.
Mr. Long said Tuesday he is fund raising "
friend-tofriend" in a grass-roots effort.
"Im going to be a sheriff for the people," Mr. Long said.
Democrat Hank DeArman reported raising $12,454 this period and spending $22.
"If necessary, Ill raise more," Mr. DeArman said. "I do not want to waste contributors money if its not needed."
Independent Dave Alverson reported raising $4,820 and spending $1,514.
Mr. Alverson qualified as an independent and said he is has bipartisan support for his candidacy.
He said he will begin distributing campaign signs and buying advertisements closer to the countys Aug. 3 general election. His name will not be on the countys May 2 primary ballot.
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BY THE NUMBERS
These are total funds raised by Hamilton County sheriff candidates as of March 31:
$0 Hamilton County Sheriff John Cupp
$20,884 Andy Derryberry
$12,454 Hank DeArman
$15,365 Billy Long
$4,820 Dave Alverson
Source: Campaign financial disclosure statements