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Columbus candidates for sheriff and clerk of court report fundraising numbers

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The two candidates running in the heated race for Columbus County clerk of court have raised nearly $30,000 combined. The two candidates running in the heated race for Columbus County clerk of court have raised nearly $30,000 combined.
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Columbus County's sheriff has far outraised the other men who want his job, according to finance reports that detail campaign fundraising and spending through April 19.

Sheriff Lewis Hatcher took in $20,990, according to his filing. The other candidates reported: David Dutton, $6,317; Calvin Norton, $4,083; and Mike Walker, $1,760.

Candidate Larry Williamson isn't spending or receiving enough money to require a report, said Carla Strickland, Columbus County Board of Elections director.

Hatcher was appointed in January to fill the remainder of former Sheriff Chris Batten's term. Batten resigned to take a position with the N.C. Department of Justice.

The winner of the Democrat primary will likely be sheriff, as no other candidates have filed.

Clerk of court race

The two candidates running in the heated race for Columbus County clerk of court raised nearly $30,000 combined before reports were due.

Jess Hill and Cindy Hooks are squaring off in the Democrat primary, which is on track to determine the office holder, as no other candidates have filed.

Longtime Clerk of Court Sheila Pridgen is not seeking re-election.

The reports show Hill raised $16,235. Hooks took in $13,188.

Hill's top five contributors (some donors tied for positions) were: James Hill Jr., $1,820; Dewey Hill, $1,000; Sandy Dew, $1,000; William C. Gore, $900, Benton Walton III, $500; Grace Thomas, $500; Paul Pridgen, $500; and Henry Edmund, $500.

Hooks' leading contributors were: herself, $5,670; Edward Hooks, $4,189; Patti Hooks Lee, $606; Sandy Dew, $500; and Ronald Pridgen, $500.

Hill is a magistrate who earned a law degree. Hooks retired after working 34 years in the clerk's office.

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