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Posted: Sunday, February 5, 2012 12:00 pm | Updated: 9:52 am, Thu Aug 16, 2012.

By Mason W. Canales

Killeen Daily Herald

CORYELL COUNTY - With a primary date still being argued over in the state's redistricting battle, candidates running for area offices may find themselves raising and spending more money.

"I think they all are just kind of in a cautionary mode," said Justin Carothers, the voter registrar for the county, about the possibility of the primary elections being pushed back. "If the primary was delayed to June, that would certainly mean more advertising dollars being spent."

April 3 is the primary date, but if the courts don't approve a temporary congressional map by Monday, the primary would be pushed back to May or later.

"I am looking for that date to be changed," said Carothers, noting he didn't think there would be a compromise for voting maps.

Paula Cobb, campaign treasurer for Dusty Boyd, a candidate running for the 52nd District Court District Attorney, said Boyd's campaign soon will be re-evaluating its spending and fundraising strategy for the campaign.

"With them moving the elections around a whole lot, we are going to have to revisit the budget," said Cobb.

Boyd, a criminal prosecutor with the Coryell County Attorney's Office, is challenging incumbent David Castillo for the office Castillo has held since 2004.

According to the Jan. 17 campaign finance reports, Boyd raised $5,300 and spent about $20,700. Castillo raised more than $9,000 and spent about $6,600.

The candidates drastically differed in the number of contributors to their campaign. In January, Castillo netted two contributors, including himself, while Boyd had 26 people supporting his campaign with donations ranging from $30 to $500.

Carothers said for countywide elections, traditionally that amount of spending is normal.

During the primaries, three campaign finance reports are due, said Carothers. The first was in January. The second is 30 days before the elections and the third is filed eight days before the primary.

The reports will include any revenue and expenditures between the two dates, said Carothers. The next report is due March 2, if the primary is not moved.

The county commissioner Precinct 1 seat also has a contested race in the primary with three candidates. According to

Jan. 17 campaign finance reports, the candidates raised and spent the following:

Incumbent Jack Wall raised and spent nothing. Wall has served in the position for almost 13 years.

Levita Fire Chief Doug Brown, of Gatesville, raised $1,250 and spent almost $2,000.

Owner of R & M Fencing, Larry Riddle, of Purmela, raised nothing but had almost $2,700 in expenditures.

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