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Staff Photo by Matt Hamilton / Coty Wamp looks on as Neal Pinkston speaks during the district attorney debate at the Red Stones Estates senior living facility on Tuesday, January 17, 2022.

Republican Coty Wamp, who is challenging Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston for re-election on the May 3 primary ballot, held a fundraising lead on financial disclosure forms filed Monday.

Wamp raised more than $130,000 from July through mid-January, the fundraising reporting period, compared to Pinkston's $68,000.

In a Tuesday emailed statement, Wamp called the fundraising lead "unprecedented" for a challenger facing an incumbent.

"The District Attorney's Office, under my leadership, will have entirely new priorities," she said. "My fundraising success is just one of many signs that the status quo is being rejected."

The maximum donations she received included individuals and business owners such as Kevin Boehm, president of Boehm Real Estate & Investment Co.

Although Pinkston's financial filing shows $68,000 in contributions, in a Tuesday email he said his actual fundraising total will be much higher because he is in the process of collecting pledged donations.

"An additional $63,000 in pledges is currently being collected, pushing the total raised so far to $134,000," he said.

He began the race with a small holdover balance from his previous campaign.

Pinkston, noting he hasn't yet officially launched his re-election campaign, did not respond to follow-up questions about the status of the race.

Several of Pinkston's donations came from local attorneys, including prosecutors in his office. That included maximum donations from juvenile court prosecutor H.C. Bright and general sessions court prosecutor Darren Gibson.

In total, Wamp spent nearly $18,000 and was left with more than $112,000 cash on hand.

Pinkston spent just more than $3,000, leaving him with $71,000.

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