A pair of Leflore County candidates running for a legislative seat have again failed to file campaign finance reports on time, and one of them still hasn’t filed the report due more than a month ago.

Troy D. Brown Sr., an independent, and Democrat Tavarris K. Cross, who are running in House District 32, missed Monday’s deadline to report to the Secretary of State’s Office whatever contributions they received and disbursements they made during May.  

As of Thursday afternoon, according to the secretary of state’s website, the reports had still not been filed by either candidate.

Both Brown and Cross also missed their filing deadline in May. Brown subsequently filed that report, showing he had spent $640 of his own money on advertising in the Commonwealth.

Cross still has not filed the May report, which could subject him to fines of up to $500 and possible criminal prosecution.

Cross is running against incumbent Democrat Solomon  C. Osborne in the June 6 Democratic primary.

Osborne won a special election in March to finish out the last 10 months of former Rep. Willie Perkins’ term. The veteran lawmaker resigned after winning a chancery judgeship contest in November.

Osborne also had some trouble meeting the filing deadlines. He was 11 days late in submitting the campaign finance report due on May 10 and one day late for the one due Monday.

Including the special election, Osborne has raised and spent $10,241 so far this


The bulk of his campaign’s funding has come in loans from the candidate himself. He has lent his campaign more than $8,400, most of which came leading up to the March special election.

The only candidate to have met both qualifying deadlines so far is independent Toris Williams, but he had nothing to show for it.

He reported no contributions or disbursements through the end of May.

Contact Tim Kalich at 581-7243 or tkalich@gwcommonwealth.com.

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