Guillory, Cravins neck and neck in campaign funding

The money race in the District 24 Senate campaign was neck and neck between Opelousas Democrat State Rep. Elbert Guillory and Patricia Cravins at the most-recent reporting date.

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Guillory, seeking to move from the Louisiana House to the Senate in the April 4 special primary, had raised $53,102, while Cravins, seeking to succeed her son in the seat, reported raising $47,875 in the same period.

Both of those totals include about $6,500 that each candidate loaned their campaign. Cravins also received a $15,000 loan from her husband, Opelousas Mayor Donald Cravins, Sr.

Their son, Donald Cravins, Jr., resigned the state Senate seat in December to take a staff job on a US. Senate committee chaired by Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana.

Lincoln Savoie, R-Sunset, reported raising personal funds of $2,592 and spending $2,192 in the same period.

Secretary of State records did not indicate first-period filings by either Quincy Richard or Kelly Scott, the other two candidates in the race.

Guillory had spent $29,709 in the reporting period, leaving him $22,703 on Feb. 23.

Major contributors to his campaign (Opelousas unless otherwise indicated) included: David C. Brignac, Sunset, $2,500; Susan Brignac, Sunset, $2,500; Cheryl L. Buxton, Rogers, Ark., $1,000; Bobby Dupre, $2,500; EASTPAC, Baton Rouge, $2,500; Gainenne Lumber, $1,000; Haynie & Associates, Lafayette, $1,000; Indian Oil Co., Lafayette, $2,500; JIE Managers Disbursement Account, Golden, Colo., $1,000; La. Bankers Assn. PAC, Baton Rouge, $1,500;

La. Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, Baton Rouge, $1,000; Morrow Morrow Ryan and Bassett, $2,500; Redman Gaming of La., New Orleans, $1,000; SEAPAC, Belle Chasse, $1,000; Schilling Distributing, Lafayette, $1,000; West PAC, Baton Rouge, $2,500; and Nan S. Wier, $3,000.

Cravins has spent $12,972 at the reporting date, leaving her campaign with $34,902 at that time.

Major contributors to her campaign (Opelousas unless otherwise indicated) included: Targill Seasoning, $1,500; St. Landry EMS, $1,000; Ted Bellard, $1,000; Harold Fontenot, $1,000; La. Procurement, Baton Rouge, $1,000; LSI PP Pain PAC, Baton Rouge, $1,000;

Jo Ann Lea, Baton Rouge, $2,500; Horsemen’s Alliance, New Orleans, $2,500; Jerry Miller, Lafayette, $2,500; Alton Miller, Lafayette, $2,500; Cling Odom, Lorton, Va., $2,500; and M. Brent Stevens, Manhattan Beach, Calif., $2,500.

Absentee voting in the primary begins Saturday.

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