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March 28, 2014

‘Schreck’ adds to war chest; good turnout for early voting

DUNCAN — Chris Schreckengost has reported more contributions to his well-financed City Council campaign while early voting shows there is strong interest in the election.

The latest report filed by Schreckengost shows $2,575 in additional contributions, including $1,000 from John Leffler, and $500 each from Danny Whitney and Greg Cook. Cook previously had contributed $750.

Shreckengost has spent $6,177 so far in his bid to win the 2nd Ward seat on the Duncan City Council, campaign filings show.

Dr. Mike Nelson, the incumbent, and Bill Schneekloth, have reported receiving no contributions in their campaign disclosures.

Schreckengost, the Duncan-based district manager for the Enterprise rental car company, previously reported contributions from other well-known business figures and professionals, including $250 each from Jimmy Tilly, Keith Perkins and Ryan Scott.

Schreckengost, who sometimes refers to himself as “Schreck,”  has gathered other contributions from current and past board members of the Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation.

DAEDF, a nonprofit foundation whose business promotional activities are funded by a half-cent city sales tax, is prohibited from partisan political activity.

Its individual members, however, are free to make financial contributions and engage in partisan politics like any other citizen.

Schreckengost has touted his business experience, as has Schneekoth, a retired manager of a manufacturing plant.

Nelson, who stressed his hometown roots in Duncan during a candidate forum on Monday, has said a councilman’s job is to listen to the people and not manage the city.

Unlike his opponents, Nelson has not used yard signs to advertise, a standard local political practice, which he has admitted may have been a mistake.

Nelson explained the move by noting when he announced his decision to run for re-election, he said he wouldn’t use yard signs and therefore felt obliged to abide by his decision, even after two opponents joined the race.

Schneekloth spent $2,126 and Nelson $514 from February to March 17.

Schreckengost not only outspent his opponents by a wide margin but has ventured into TV and Facebook ads, according to his second campaign disclosure.

Schneekloth and Nelson have not yet filed their second campaign reports, which likely will diminish the spending gap that separates the campaigns.

Early voting on Thursday shows there is strong interest in the election, said Martha Taylor of the absentee voter board.

“We don’t know which one is bringing them out,” Taylor said of the 2nd Ward contest and the special election to renew the half-cent economic development sales tax.

The first day of early voting saw 78 people cast ballots, the county election board said.

Early voting and absentee voting concludes at 6 p.m. today at the courthouse. There will be no early or absentee voting on Monday. Voting at local precincts takes place Tuesday.

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