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Corrections to Late Campaign Finance Report Filing List

By: Magnolia Tribune - June 17, 2011

Corrections to Late Campaign Finance Report Filing List

Jackson, MS— Two statewide and four Legislative candidates were erroneously included on a list of late campaign finance report filers released Tuesday, June 14, 2011, by the Secretary of State’s Office. The mistake was the responsibility of the Secretary of State’s Office and should not reflect negatively in any way on the candidates involved.

Each of the six candidates had timely filed the state-mandated report required of all candidates qualifying before June 1 for the upcoming party primaries. However, their reports were not properly received, filed and recorded by the Elections Division of the Secretary of State’s office.

Those who did timely file reports, but were incorrectly listed as not having done so, were:

– William D. Oatis, candidate for Governor, filed his report on Friday, June 10, 2011.

– Travis Rose, candidate for Southern District Public Service Commissioner, filed his report on Wednesday, June 8, 2011.

– Cecil Brown, candidate for House District 66, filed his report on Monday, June 6, 2011.

– Mark Baker, candidate for House District 74, filed his report on Friday, June 10, 2011.

– Eugene Forest Hamilton, candidate for House District 6, filed his report on Monday, June 6, 2011.

– Derrick T. Simmons, incumbent candidate for Senate District 12, filed his report on Wednesday, June 1, 2011.

The filing deadline was 5 p.m. on Friday, June 10. The periodic reports covered the candidates’ campaign receipts and disbursements from May 1 to May 31, 2011.

Immediate steps have been taken by the Secretary of State to correct internal procedures which allowed the mistakes to occur in receiving and recording the report filings.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and ask you to update any published information to reflect the change.

Pursuant to Miss. Ann Code § 23-15-817, the Office of the Secretary of State is required to publish a list of all candidates for the Legislature or any statewide office who failed to timely file a campaign disclosure report by the dates specified in Section 23-15-807(b).

The following individuals did not timely file their campaign finance report. However, their report has since been received by the Office of the Secretary of State. The filer’s name and the date the campaign finance report was received by our Agency are indicated below.


William Bond Compton – received 6/14/11

Central District Transportation Commissioner

Dorothy ‘Dot’ Benford – received 6/14/11

Southern District Transportation Commissioner

Scottie Cuevas – received 6/15/11

Central District Public Service Commissioner

Bruce Burton – received 6/13/11

Senate Candidates:

Betsey Hamilton District 3 — received 6/15/11

Steve Hale District 10 – received 6/15/11

Derrick T. Simmons District 12 — received 6/16/11

Mala Brooks District 22 – received 6/14/11

Steve Stanford District 29 – received 6/16/11

Gerald L. Kucia District 29 — received 6/14/11

Cliff Brown District 35 — received 6/14/11

Bob M. Dearing District 37 – received 6/13/11

W. L. Rayborn District 39 – received 6/15/11

House of Representatives:

Ferr Smith District 27 — received 6/16/11

Torey Bell, Sr. District 31 – received 6/15/11

Roy VanDevender District 42 – received 6/13/11

Richard Wayne Vaughn District 45 – received 6/13/11

Nathaniel Christian District 48 – received 6/15/11

Philip Gunn District 56 – received 6/16/11

Earle S. Banks District 67 — received 6/14/11

Ron Swindall District 79 – received 6/15/11

Samuel (Sam) L. Thompson District 83 – received 6/16/11

Joe J. L. Warren District 90 – received 6/13/11

Bob Evans District 91 — received 6/13/11

Dale Mitchell Kimble District 105 — received 6/16/11

Diane C. Peranich District 121 — received 6/14/11

For immediate assistance, please contact Lea Anne Brandon, Assistant Secretary of State for Education & Publications, at 601-359-6346.

Secretary of State’s Office

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