Money and Meridian Mayor's Race

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

Several Meridian mayoral candidates have been busy raising money, while reports show others are without a lot of financial resources going into the primaries Tuesday.

The top fundraiser so far isn't even facing competition in her primary. Republican Cheri Barry has raised nearly $62,000 Apr. 21.

The next highest fundraiser is Democrat Percy Bland, with $35,776. Behind him is Casandra Sloan with $17,967, followed by Democrat Joe Norwood with nearly $5,000. William Compton reports no campaign contributions to date.

Republican Bill Marcy, who dropped out of the race, raised just over $5,000 before doing so.

A closer look at Barry's contributors show pages of well-known Meridian residents, including Rush Hospital CEO Wallace Strickland, giving $500; Meridian Coca Cola chairman Hardy Graham, and Marty and Linda Davidson of Southern Pipe giving $1,000; and former Meridian mayor Jimmy Kemp donated $500.

Percy Bland's donors include Love City Fellowship Pastor Lamorris Richardson, attorney Joe Clay Hamilton, and Tommy Dulaney of Structural Steel, all giving $500. Dulaney also contributed to Barry's campaign.

Casandra Sloan's donors include Berry and Gardner Funeral Home with a $500 gift, along with several out of town donors including D.L. Harris of Union City, Ga., who donated almost $5,700, and John Cole and Douglas Gipson of Anchorage, Alaska donating $2,374.18. Sloan used to live in Anchorage.

Joe Norwood was his own largest contributor, putting in $1,500 of his own money.

This is the first financial report candidates have turned in. The next report will be turned in on May 12, before the runoff date.


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