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Posted: Thursday, April 16, 2009 12:00 pm

By Mason W. Canales

Killeen Daily Herald

HARKER HEIGHTS – Three City Council candidates have filed their 30-day pre-election campaign finance reports, and two have not.

Spencer Smith, Robert Tucker and Sam Murphey filed their 30-day pre-election reports with the city on April 9, which was the deadline for filing.

Patty Brunson, assistant city manager, said Tuesday that James Sutton and Steve Hoskins had yet to file their reports.

Sutton said Wednesday that he intends to file soon. Hoskins said he didn't file a finance report because he hasn't raised or spent $500 for his campaign. According to campaign rules set by the Texas Ethics Commission, candidates who have raised or spent less than $500 may choose not to file a 30-day pre-election finance report or an eight-day pre-election report.

Smith, Tucker and Murphey have spent a total of $1,723 and raised more than $3,000, according to the reports.

Murphey has raised the most money by transferring $2,000 from last year's campaign for state representative. He also received three campaign contributions of about $100, his report stated. He has spent about $1,600 on campaign signs and other expenses.

Smith has raised $750, his report stated. Smith has spent just under $130 for business cards and a post office box for his campaign.

Tucker's report stated that he has raised no money and hasn't spent any money on his campaign.

Contact Mason W. Canales at mcanales@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7554.

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