A pair of Leflore County candidates running for a legislative seat have failed for the third straight month to file campaign finance reports on time, and it’s not because they had a lot of which to keep track.
Troy D. Brown Sr., an independent, and Democrat Tavarris K. Cross Sr., who are running in House District 32, missed Wednesday’s deadline to report to the Secretary of State’s Office whatever contributions they received and disbursements they made during June.
As of Friday 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 deadlines in May and June. They each filed their June reports more than two weeks late.
Brown has reported spending $640 of his own money on advertising in the Commonwealth.
His June report showed no additional spending or contributions.
Cross’ lone report, covering campaign activity through May 31, shows no spending or contributions to date.
Cross is running against incumbent 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 has had some trouble meeting the filing deadlines. He was 11 days late in submitting the May campaign finance report and one day late on the June and July reports.
Including the special election, Osborne has raised and spent $11,183 so far this year.
The bulk of his campaign’s funding has come in loans from the candidate himself. He has lent his campaign more than $9,400, most of which came leading up to the March special election.
In June, he lent his campaign $942 to cover the costs of yard signs and other campaign materials.
The only candidate in the District 32 race to have met all the qualifying deadlines so far is independent Toris Williams, but he still doesn’t have much to show for it. He has reported no contributions through the end of June and just $185 in non-itemized disbursements.
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