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January 17, 2014

Bench, Tittle release campaign finance reports

GREENVILLE — The candidates seeking the office of the judge of the 196th District Court both have amassed impressive war chests for their campaigns.

Incumbent District Judge Steve Tittle and Hunt County Court at Law No. 1 Judge Andrew Bench have raised comparable amounts, according to the campaign finance reports they filed this week with the Texas Ethics Commission. But while Tittle has received his financing from far more donors, Bench has accumulated larger contributions from fewer supporters.

Both attorneys have received backing from their counterparts in the legal industry, whereas Bench is also receiving a significant amount of funding from a Greenville defense contractor.

Bench and Tittle are seeking the Hunt County Republican Party nomination in the March 4 GOP primary. As there are no Democratic Party, third party or write-in candidates who have announced for the office, the primary will likely decide who will be the next judge.

According to his report, as of Dec. 31, 2013, Tittle had raised $21,655.65 in funds from a total of 138 donors. A total of 28 of the contributions were submitted by attorneys, current or retired judges, Tittle’s staff or other individuals who listed their occupations as having ties to the legal community.

Donating $1,000 each to Tittle’s campaign were Carian Abramson of Forney, Ben Ashmore of Greenville, Nancy Broden of Dallas, Christopher Castanon of Arlington, O. L Hooks of Greenville, Jeffrey Jackson of Plano, Jas Holdings LLP of Dallas, Robert Scott of Greenville, Gregory Shamoun of Dallas and Pat Tittle of McKinney. Rothwell Pool of Terrell contributed $750. Suzie Robinson of Dallas donated $580.

Tittle reported having spent $17,280.37 on his campaign as of the end of 2013.

According to his report, as of Wednesday, Bench had received a total of $23,700 in contributions from a total of 61 donors. A total of 12 of the contributions came from individuals with ties to the legal community, while 23 of the donations were made by individuals who said they were employed by L-3 Mission Integration.

Contributing $1,000 each were Vernon Bench of Greenville, Brian Cullen of Quinlan, Larry Green Jr. of Greenville, Larry Green Sr. of Greenville, W.D. Hilton of Greenville, Craig Jensen of Commerce, Joel Littlefield of Greenville, James McMullen of Greenville, Sterling Newcomb of Greenville, Jerry Ransom of Greenville, Steve Reid of Greenville, Joe Weis of Greenville. Jack Paris donated $750 toward Bench’s campaign.

Contributing $500 each were David Alexander of Greenville, Rick Houston of Quinlan, Lowell Lawson of Greenville, James Shelton of Studio City, Calif., Mike Taylor of Greenville, Emmette Jo Weis of Greenville and Keith Willeford of Greenville.

Bench has spent $11,342.98 on his campaign so far.


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