Barncastle leads, Graves distant
The four-way Republican primary for Chaves County sheriff is turning into an expensive proposition with three weeks to go before the June 3 primary, according to the candidates’ most recent campaign finance reports.
Pat Barncastle leads the pack in fundraising, having raised $21,556 in his bid to succeed Sheriff James “Rob” Coon, according to campaign finance reports that were due Monday with the New Mexico secretary of state’s office.
Britt Snyder was second in fundraising through May 5, the last day of the second primary reporting period. Snyder reported raising a total of $17,160 for the sheriff’s race.
Arthur Fleming was a close third, having raised $13,540 in his bid for sheriff.
Gary Graves was a distant fourth in fundraising. Graves reported receiving a total of $7,458 of contributions in his campaign for sheriff.
In total, the four candidates, all from Roswell, had raised $59,714 through May 5.
The candidates are to file their third primary reports by May 29, covering the period between May 6 and 27. Their fourth and final primary reports are due July 3, covering the reporting period from May 28 through June 28.
Following the June 3 primaries, there’s the general election in November.
Snyder out-raised Barncastle in the most recent reporting period of April 8 through May 5, closing the gap between the top two fundraisers. Snyder reported raising $6,860 in the timeframe, while Barncastle raised $5,361.
However, Barncastle out-spent the rest of the field combined from April 8 through May 5, reporting expenditures of $7,540 in the timeframe.
Snyder spent $1,579 between April 8 and May 5. Fleming reported expenditures of $2,700 in the most recent reporting period, while Graves reported expenditures of $2,312 in the timeframe.
Barncastle’s total expenditures, dating back to Oct. 8, 2013, totaled $16,288. Yard signs and stakes, postcards, printing, letters, and mailing costs accounted for the bulk of Barncastle’s most recent expenditures.
Barncastle reported an expenditure of $2,146 on April 28 to Southwest Printers of Roswell for printing and mailing letters. Barncastle reported another recent large outlay of $2,072 to Copy Rite of Roswell on May 1 for color postcards.
Barncastle reported 51 monetary contributions between April 8 through May 5. His largest contributors in the most recent reporting period were $500 donations from both DeGroot Dairy and Pitch Fork Livestock. Barncastle’s largest individual contributor in the most recent reporting period was a $500 donation from Michelle Barreras, of Roswell.
Barncastle, an investigator for the Chaves County District Attorney’s Office and former chief of New Mexico Department of Game & Fish, reported a campaign balance of $5,268 as of May 5.
Snyder’s expenditures in the race totaled $9,467 as of May 5. In the April 8 through May 5 reporting period, Snyder’s largest expenditure was $821 to the Roswell Daily Record on May 1 to run four separate ads in the newspaper.
Snyder reported 28 monetary contributions between April 8 through May 5. His largest most recent contributions were $1,000 donations apiece from his brother, Nathan Snyder, of Amarillo, Texas; Gordon Hicks, of Roswell; Mark Daniels, of Roswell; Kay Rogers, of Roswell; and from Strata Production Co., a Roswell-based oil and natural gas exploration and production company.
Snyder, the chief deputy of the sheriff’s office and a 24-year veteran of the department, reported $7,693 cash on hand as of May 5.
Graves’ expenditures in the race totaled $6,844 as of May 5. In the April 8 through May 5 reporting period, Graves’ largest expenditure was $1,577 to KBIM Radio of Roswell on April 29 for radio ads.
Graves reported 12 monetary contributions between April 8 and May 5. His largest most recent contributions were $1,000 donations apiece from Gary Key of Roswell and Steve Foutz of Bloomfield.
Graves, a former De Baca County sheriff, reported a $613 balance of campaign funds as of May 5.
Fleming’s expenditures in the race totaled $7,547 as of May 5. In the April 8 through May 5 reporting period, Fleming’s largest expenditure was $975 to Mustang Graphics of Artesia on April 28 for 15 4-by-8-foot signs.
Fleming reported eight monetary contributions between April 8 and May 5. His largest most recent contribution was $2,400 from P7 LLC dairies on April 29.
Fleming, a veteran New Mexico mounted patrolman and gas utility employee, reported a balance of $5,993 in his campaign coffer as of May 5.
Early voting in Chaves County begins Saturday and will be held at the Roswell Mall, 4501 N. Main St., May 17-31, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; the Chaves County Clerk’s Office “Area D,” 1 St. Mary’s Place, May 17-31, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; and at the Hagerman Sheriff’s Office Substation, 7690 Wichita Road, Hagerman. May 20-29, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday.
For more information about early voting, call 624-6614 or email email@example.com.
By Jeff Tucker
Record Staff Writer