Democratic candidate Chris Jones reports more than $100,000 was raised in January for Arkansas gubernatorial race


Arkansas gubernatorial candidate Chris Jones has raised more than $100,000 in the space of a month according to a campaign finance report released Tuesday, the deadline for state candidates file their monthly reports with the office of the Secretary of State.

One of several Democrats to run for governor, Jones said he raised $127,704.34 in contributions in January to bring his total campaign contributions to just over $1.4 million.

He said he spent $161,650.33 last month, leaving a balance of $275,779.37.

Some of Jones’ largest campaign donations came from out of state. They included donations of $10,050 from Anne Patterson in Virginia; $4,000 from Jean Schulz, Chairman of the Board of the Charles M. Schulz Museum in California; $8,640 from Gloria Haegelin in Washington; and $3,600 from Margaret Moody, a puppeteer from Margaret Moody Puppets.

Jones has also received donations from professors and educators across the country, including Ohio State University, Yale University, Harvard University and Carnegie Mellon University.

Jones has received local contributions from medical professionals across the state, the largest being $8,150 from a Fort Smith radiologist. He pointed to donations from lawmaker Vivian Flowers, the president of the Arkansas Research Alliance and the advertising executive of the Arkansas Times, among others.

Jones said he raised $3,350 for the general election and spent nothing last month, leaving a balance of $24,590.

The largest contributions came from Frances Carter-Johnson of the National Science Foundation in Maryland with $5,850 and Jerry Adams, president of the Arkansas Research Alliance, with $4,200.

Reports by Republican gubernatorial candidate Sarah Huckabee Sanders were not posted on the secretary of state’s website as of Tuesday afternoon.

Reports from three other Democratic gubernatorial candidates — businesswoman Supha Xayprasith-Mays, businessman James Russell III and educator Anthony Bland Sr. — and Libertarian candidate Ricky Harrington were not no longer published on Tuesday afternoon.


Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, who moved from running for governor to running for lieutenant governor in November, said he raised $32,907. 13 and spending $56,323. 16 for the primary election last month, leaving a balance of $274,112.

Rutledge’s campaign received $2,900 in contributions from Prateek Gera with Gera Investments; Valentine Hansen, a real estate professional at Remax; Kathy Kittler, housewife; Doug and David Hendrix of Big Red Stores; Michael Stec, a manufacturer from Alpha Packaging Inc.; and Todd Wulf with Integrated Medical.

She also received donations from Kenneth Lloyd Warford, an attorney with the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office, and Kerry Moody, an employee of the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office.

Rutledge raised $300 and spent nothing on the general election, leaving the campaign with a balance of $461,284.12, according to the report.

Other Republican contenders for lieutenant governor are state surgeon general Greg Bledsoe of Little Rock, state senator Jason Rapert, R-Conway, former state Republican Party chairman Doyle Webb of Benton, Washington County Judge Joseph Wood of Fayetteville, and businessman Chris Bequette of Little Rock.

Rapert raised $8,298.63 and spent $20,980.04 in January for the primary election. That left him with a balance of $185,022.95. Most of the money raised in January came from small donations, with one donation over $2,000.

Rapert’s monthly campaign finance report for the general election remained at $17,000 with no contributions or expenses.

Wood raised $6,545 and spent $8,379.74 in January, leaving a balance of $21,543.32.

One of Wood’s largest donations came from the CRH Americas PAC in Washington DC for $1,000. He also received two donations of over $1,000 from Springdale residents Lance Johnson and Nancy Johnson.

Webb raised $10,675 and received $40,000 in total loans while spending $4,575.06, leaving his campaign with $224,013.76.

The largest donations of $2,900 came from Carolyn and William Green and Charlotte Rue, who works with the City of Bryant, as well as a $2,500 contribution from RD Hopper, President and CEO of The Hopper Corporation. Webb also received a $500 donation from Rep. Ken Bragg, R-Sheridan.

Webb said he raised $4,800 for the general election with no expenses, leaving the campaign with $35,900.

Democratic candidate Kelly Krout of Lowell raised $6,734.70 and spent $10,263.12 last month, leaving a balance of $37,545.78. The largest donation was $1,559 from Stephanie Riffle, vice president of marketing for United Federal Credit Union.

Reports by Chris Bequette and Greg Bledsoe were not available Tuesday afternoon.


In the race for attorney general, Republican Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin of Little Rock said he raised $10,720 and spent $26,039.48 last month, leaving a balance of $1.1 million.

The largest donations were $2,900 from attorney Reginald James Brown of Kirkland and Ellis, LLP, and Addison Smith, who works in public affairs for Alta Crest.

Griffin also said he raised $3,100 for his general campaign, bringing his total to $608,285.

Democratic candidate Jesse Gibson, a Little Rock attorney, said he raised $13,353 and spent $5,271 in January, leaving a balance of $89,117.44.

Gibson’s largest campaign donation was $1,525 from Mary Wohlleb.


Former state senator Eddie Joe Williams, R-Cabot, raised $24,565 and spent $8,035.66 on the primary election last month, leaving a balance of $113.58,246.

The largest contribution was $2,900 from Ronald Cameron with Mountaire Corp.

Williams said she raised nothing last month for the general election, leaving a balance of $7,900.

Outgoing Secretary of State John Thurston raised $12,350 and spent $1,149. 40 towards the primary election, leaving a balance of $115,763.44.

The Republican’s largest contribution was $2,500 from RD Hopper, chairman of the Hopper Corporation.

Democratic candidate Anna Beth Gorman said she raised $12,839 and spent $10,332.48 last month, leaving a balance of $51,780.56.

The biggest campaign contribution was $2,900 from Steve Ledwell of Ledwell and Sons.

Gorman, of North Little Rock, is executive director of the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas. She launched her campaign in October.

The other Democratic candidate, former Pulaski County Election Commissioner Josh Price, raised $9,587.38 and spent $13,893.82 for the January election, leaving a balance of $9,506.78.

Most of these contributions were smaller donations, with only two reaching $1,000.


State Senator Mat Pitsch, R-Fort Smith, raised $12,450 in January and spent $4,995.78. That left him with a balance of $22,427.87.

Pitsch’s biggest donation of $2,000 came from Keith Gibson at Fort Smith. The campaign also received contributions of $1,000 from John Nabholz of Nabholz Construction and Jimmy Hickey of Texarkana, and $500 from an AT&T lobbyist.


Tommy Land, the incumbent Republican land commissioner, raised $550 and had $19,713 in cash after reporting no spending in January.

The report says $250 of the $550 raised came from US Representative French Hill.

Democratic challenger Goldi Gaines of North Little Rock had not filed a report Tuesday afternoon.


Saline County District Judge Stephanie Casady, who is running for Station 6, District 2, sits on the Arkansas Court of Appeals, said she raised $17,275 last month with $150.75 expenses while receiving a loan of $563. That left his campaign with $78,164.25.

The largest contributions were contributions of $2,500 from Joel Hoover, an attorney with Newland and Associates, and a woman from Sherwood who did not list a job title.

Casady is running to succeed Justice Larry Vaught, who plans to retire at the end of his term this year.

Wendy Wood, a Little Rock attorney and Vaught’s legal assistant, raised $8,525 in contributions last month, according to documents filed with the secretary of state’s office. She recorded $2,962.53 in expenses, leaving the campaign with a balance of $30,746.96.

The largest donation received was $2,500 from a self-employed producer and editor. Most of Wood’s donations came from other lawyers.

Craighead County Circuit Judge Cindy Thyer, who is running to replace Arkansas Court of Appeals Judge Phillip Whiteaker in District 1, Position 2, said she raised $11,325 the month last. She recorded $1,870.73 in expenses, leaving her campaign with a balance of $17,404.27.

Arkansas Court of Appeals Judge Kenneth Hixson, who sits in District 3, Ext. 2, said he did not raise funds in January and listed expenses of $1,000. His campaign balance was $19,950.


Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Rhonda K. Wood has raised more than $110,000 for her 2022 re-election campaign, according to paperwork filed Tuesday by the secretary of state.

Wood said he raised more than $3,400 in January along with expenses of $8,301, leaving the campaign with a balance of $119,396.

Wood, of Conway, has served as Associate Justice in Station 7 of the Supreme Court since 2015. She was elected in 2014.

Wood’s largest donation came from a Florida retiree who contributed $1,500. Most of his campaign expenses in January were spent on fundraising efforts.

Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Robin F. Wynne of Little Rock, who has served as Associate Justice in Station 2 since 2015, said he raised $21,450 after receiving $5,050 last month and n have made no expenditure. The campaign started the quarter with $16,400.

Most of Wynne’s donations came from lawyers.

Wynne is being challenged by District Judge Chris Carnahan of Conway, the state’s Division 1 district judge for Faulkner and Van Buren counties.

Carnahan said he raised $15,560 in January with no expenses, leaving his campaign with a balance of $22,536. It was the largest amount of money raised in a month by a Supreme Court nominee.

He received donations of $5,800 from Mark C. Simmons of Simmons Food Services, two independent attorneys and the TMS Family Trust.

The reports were not available to Circuit Judge Gunner DeLay, a former state legislator, prosecutor and district judge who is seeking Position 6 on the Arkansas Supreme Court, currently held by Judge Karen R .Baker.

A report for Baker, who announced last month that she would seek a third term, had not been released by Tuesday afternoon.

Arkansas Supreme Court positions have staggered terms, so all seven justices are not eligible for re-election in the same year. The other four judges are Chief Justice Dan Kemp, Shawn A. Womack, Courtney Rae Hudson and Barbara Webb.

The application period for 2022 applicants at state and federal offices in Arkansas runs from February 22 through March 1. Primary elections and general non-partisan judicial elections will take place on May 24.


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