Drake, Wright reports campaign expenses of more than $1,000 through mid-April for city council races

eParisExtra logoOnly two of the eight candidates for the Paris City Council filed campaign expense reports by the first filing deadline, City Clerk Janice Ellis said Monday.

Candidates are required to submit a report at the first deadline in mid-April if they had expenses of $500 or more, she said.

All candidates are required to document their campaign expenses by the second deadline on Friday, May 2, she said.

John Wright and Cleonne Drake — incumbents in District 3 and 6 respectively — were the two who did submit paperwork by the first deadline.

Drake reported expenses of $1,054.94 from Jan. 29 through April 9, as follows:

  • $366.39 with Professional Printing Services of Paris for campaign cards
  • $29.76 with Office Max of Paris for paper (letters), labels, and stickers
  • $11.42 with Walmart of Paris for labels and rubber bands
  • $549.37 with Texas GOP Store of Huntsville for signs and stakes
  • $98 with U.S. Postal Service for 200 stamps

Wright reported expenses of $1,256.46 from Jan. 30 through April 10, as follows:

  • $968.84 with Texas GOP Store of Huntsville for signs
  • $2877.62 with Professional Business Systems of Paris for campaign handouts and postage

 By Charles Richards, eParisExtra


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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.