Judicial candidate Greg Perry is leading out of the gate in spending, edging out fellow Republican Stacy Lynch for that honor according to the first round of candidate financial reports released Monday afternoon.

Perry reported spending $4,909 during the period ending Jan. 31, the lion’s share of that amount going to Signarama in Tullahoma where he spent $3,566 and $1,317 on campaign signs with the Tullahoma company.

The Manchester attorney along with fellow Republican attorneys Stacy Lynch of Tullahoma, Jess Stockwell of Tullahoma and Jason Huskey of Manchester are all seeking the GOP nomination for Coffee County General Sessions Judge to fill the seat held by Judge Tim Brock who passed away unexpectedly this past November while attending a judicial conference in Reno, Nevada. Since there are no other candidates qualified as either Independents or Democrats, the winner of the Republican Primary will be named judge. And, thanks to a resolution by the Coffee County Commission, the winner of the GOP Primary on March 3 will be installed as interim judge until he or she are officially sworn into office on Sept. 1. The bench is presently being held by Special Judge John Damron until a winner is named in the primary.

While leading in spending, Perry is not leading in contributions his campaign has received. That distinction goes to Lynch who reported getting contributions from 28 different sources, with one of those being $1,000. All contributions $100 or more have to be reported to the election office and made public under the campaign finance law. Perry has received donations from three contributors, two of those being for $1,000.

Lynch has spent $4,540 thus far, according to her first financial report. Her biggest single expenditure has been to Minuteman Press of Tullahoma for $4,003 for yard signs. She has also sent $454 with McMur’s of Tullahoma for printing.

Jess Stockwell was third in spending as he has spent $2,840 thus far. His biggest expenditure was $1,640 to Thunder Radio. He has also spent $1,200 with EC Printing.

Jason Huskey came in fourth in spending, according to the first required report. He has spent $2,098, the biggest single hit coming for $1,950 for a billboard. He has moved $10,000 of his own money into his campaign fund.

The next required report is by the end of business Feb. 18 and it was noted that there could have been other expenditures made by the candidates already but the billing for that spending will come later and be reflected on subsequent reports. Early voting begins Feb. 12.

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