Sheriff candidate spending nearly 3 times as much as current officeholder

The Vallonia Republican challenging incumbent Sheriff Michael Carothers in the May 6 primary election spent nearly three times as much money as his opponent during the first quarter of this year.

Former sheriff Jerry Hounshel raised $9,091.77 during the quarter and spent $7,084.77, according to his campaign finance report filed Monday at the Jackson County Clerk’s Office.

Hounshel, who is now a county commissioner, reported a Jan. 1 balance of $1,356,98 and $3,364 in cash on hand as of April 1.

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