The campaign signs for Republican Ryan Hammock spread around the county are unlikely to be matched by those for any of the three other candidates seeking the two Board of Education Posts on the Nov. 8 ballot.
Melissa Eagling, running as an Independent with Hammock for the open Post 3 on the Board of Education, has filed an affidavit stating that she does not intend to exceed $2,500 in contributions and/or expenditures in the campaign.
Both incumbent Republican Amy Parrish and Independent Ryan Repetske, running for Post 2, also have filed that affidavit limiting contributions and/or expenditures to $2,500.
Because of the signed affidavits, none of the three is required to file campaign finance statements indicating how much money they have raised or spent to date on their campaigns.
In his campaign finance statement for Sept. 30, Hammock listed $8,765 in total campaign contributions and $7,048 in total expenditures. In his three campaign finance reports, he has listed $6,187 in spending for signs and banners.
Hammock alone among the four candidates has had competition in a primary to this point. Hammock bested Julie Mauck in a runoff in June after coming in second in a three-way race in May with Mauck and Elliott Rogers for the Republican nomination for the Post 3 position on the Board of Education.
Tuesday was the last day to register to vote for the Nov. 8 election, and early voting starts at 8 a.m. on Oct. 17 at the Oconee County Civic Center, 2661 Hog Mountain Road.
Hammock reported in his Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report for Sept. 30 that he had received $1,950 in contributions in the July 1 to Sept. 30 period, bringing his total to the $8,765.
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Included were cash contributions of $1,500 from Chestnut Mountain Cattle Company of Chestnut Mountain, $250 from Frank Lowery Jr., and $200 from Debra Harden.
Hammock’s two expenditures were $735 for yard signs printed by Signs on the Cheap in Austin, Texas, and $147 for push cards, or political business cards, printed by FedEx in Athens.
Hammock reported he had $1,716 in cash on hand.
Mauck stated in her Sept. 30 report that she had not received any campaign contributions or expenditures in the last three months. She had reported a total of $6,200 in total contributions in her June 30 filing and that same amount in total expenditures.
Rogers also had filed an affidavit saying he would not receive and/or spend more than $2,500 in his campaign.
All of these campaign contribution materials are filed with the Oconee County Board of Elections and Registration, rather than with the state Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission, which handles these documents for state candidates.
By way of comparison, Incumbent Republican Houston Gaines, who represents two precincts in Oconee County in the Georgia House of Representatives, reported receiving $177,190 in campaign contributions in the three months ending on Sept. 30.
Incumbent Republican Marcus Wiedower, who represents the remaining six precincts in the county in the Georgia House, raised $142,675 during that same period.
I created a Voter’s Guide based on a questionnaire each candidate completed that is summarized in a post I uploaded on Sept. 22.
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It is possible to view the Guide and download it from links in that post.
The Oconee County Republican Party held a forum on Sept. 26 for Post 2 candidates Parrish and Repetske and Post 3 candidates Eagling and Hammock.
The Party did not allow the event to be video recorded, but I obtained an audio recording and uploaded it with a summary of that meeting on Oct. 6.
The Oconee County Republican Party made no mention of the forum, which it had labeled a debate, on its Facebook page after it was held, but The Oconee Enterprise provided coverage of the event on the front pages of its Sept. 29 and Oct. 6 editions.
Repetske and Eagling also appeared before the Oconee County Democratic Party. I recorded that meeting and provided a summary in a post on Sept. 20.
Advance In Person Voting begins on Oct. 17 and runs through Nov. 4.
Included will be voting on the two Saturdays, Oct. 22 and Oct. 29.
Early voting hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the two Saturdays.
Voting will be at the Oconee County Civic Center, 2661 Hog Mountain Road, west of Butler’s Crossing.
Oct. 28 is the last day to request an absentee ballot.
Election Day voting will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the county’s eight precinct voting locations.
Note: This post was updated at 1:42 p.m. on 10/12/2022.