McBride drives strong campaign for transportation seat

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

State Rep. Warner McBride of Courtland and Tippah County Supervisor Dennis Grisham have outraised their five competitors in Tuesday’s special election for the Northern District Transportation Commission seat.
McBride reports taking in $167,813 while Grisham, a seven-term Tippah supervisor, tallies $98,359.
In contrast, Grenada businessman Larry Lee reports he’s raised $20 for his campaign to succeed the late Bill Minor as a state transportation commissioner.
All totaled, the seven campaign funds exceed $335,000.
Five other candidates will join them on the nonpartisan ballot. None comes close to McBride or Grisham, although in the final days DeSoto County schools transportation chief John Caldwell shows more cash on hand than they do.
Candidates are required to file pre-election campaign finance reports with the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office. These reports were due Jan. 4.
Grisham’s report shows he gave his own campaign $23,300 and got another $50,035 from The Peoples Bank in Ripley.
McBride’s lengthy report lists more than 200 donations of more than $200, which is the point at which candidates must specify who gave the money.
His report shows contributions from throughout the state since January, which would not be unusual for someone who is chairman of the House Transportation Committee and much discussed as a likely commission candidate in the 2011 regular election.
The Northern District seat on the three-member state commission became vacant last fall when Minor died suddenly.
His brother, Ray, is among the special election candidates but shows he’s raised only $6,300.
Mike Tagert of Starkville, president of the Tenn-Tom Waterway Council, reported respectable receipts of $43,880 but more than half seems to have come from a relative.
Contact Patsy R. Brumfield at (662) 678-1596 or patsy.brumfield@journalinc.com.