Reed’s war chest outpaces Deas’ in mayor’s race

TUPELO – Republican mayoral candidate Jack Reed Jr. continues to outraise and outspend his sole opponent in the race for Tupelo’s top office.
Reed brough in $19,765 and spent $46,989 during the most recent campaign finance period, from April 26 through May 23. That’s compared to the $16,260 raised and the $16,040 spent by Democrat Doyce Deas during the same time.
The two face off in the June 2 general election, as do City Council candidates for six of the city’s seven wards. The race for Ward 5 was decided in the primary runoff election earlier this month.
Since the beginning of the race, Reed has amassed a total of $116,806 and spent $92,004 versus Deas’ $54,549 raised and $50,522 spent. Reed entered the race nearly three months sooner than his opponent, though, allowing him more time to raise and spend money.
By law, all municipal candidates must submit reports to City Hall listing campaign contributions and itemizing political expenses. They also must name donors who give more than $200.
Deas had 14 contributions above the $200 mark during the current reporting period, including two totaling $7,500 from herself. Since the start of her campaign in January, she has listed a total of 46 large donations.
Reed had 32 contributions of $200 or more in the current reporting period. He has had 104 since the start of the race, which he entered in October.
The contribution reports were due Tuesday. They also included candidates running for City Council. Of those still in the race, Ward 1 Republican hopeful Markel Whittington raised the most with $2,749 this period and $10,254 since the start of the race.
Whittington pushed Ward 6 incumbent Republican Mike Bryan out of the fundraising lead. Bryan had $1,050 in contributions this period and $9,594 since the launch of his campaign.

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