You would expect an incumbent of nine years with perhaps the best name recognition of any Jasper County official to be the top fundraiser in his race, and you would be right.
Archie Dunn has outraised primary opponent Randee Kaiser, assistant Carthage police chief, in July- but only by $17.
Kaiser's financial disclosure statement shows Kaiser with $12,950 to Dunn's $12,967 since July 1. The biggest boost to the challenger's bank account came from a barbecue held at the Carthage home of Frank Bartosh July 6. The fish bowl and raffle at that event, which was attended by 150, raised $5,377.
Former Jasper County Commissioner Anna Rush Mosbaugh also held a "meet and greet" for Kaiser, according to the statement. Forty-nine attended with $400 raised at what was termed a "meet and greet."
Kaiser purchased $7,202.50 of television advertising time, distributed between KODE, KSNF, KFJX, and KOAM and used $2,137.95 for a mailing.
Kaiser loaned his campaign $1,815, according to the report.
Dunn's $12,967 included a $5,000 contribution from Tri-State Motors, $3,000 from Railroad Salvage and Restoration and $1,000 apiece from Gary Hall and Donna Hall.
Dunn also picked up a $1,000 contribution from Cody Computer Services, Pottstown, Pa., a company that has a contract with the Jasper County Sheriff's Department to provide a computerized information sharing network.
Dunn spent $17,586 on television advertising, all of it with KOAM and KFJX.
As of this writing, the third candidate in the primary, Larry Newman, had not filed his report.