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John came to Shreveport in January of 1977 when he was transferred to Barksdale AFB.

He’s been active in Shreveport politics since deciding to make Shreveport his home.

John practiced law for 40 years and he now monitors local politics. He regularly attends Shreveport City Council and Caddo Parish Commission meetings.

John is published weekly in The Inquisitor, bi-monthly in The Forum News, and frequently in the Shreveport Times.

He enjoys addressing civic groups on local government issues and elections.


Council Candidates Campaign Finance Reports

Campaign finance reports for all candidates on the November 6 primary ballot were due by Tuesday October 9. The reports cover the period from March 1 through September 27.

Candidates for Council District A face incumbent Willie Bradford. He had $1203 at the beginning of the reporting period and he raised $9265. After expenditures, he had $3295 in campaign funds.

Rose Wilson McCulloch was the incumbent in 2014, Bradford beat her in a runoff. McCulloch listed $1948 at the beginning of the reporting period and $478 at the end.

Both District A candidates Llyod Anderson and Cortex Collins did not have a report on the Ethics Administration website as of date.

Council District B is an open seat. The incumbent Jeff Everson is term limited.

Levette Fuller lead all candidates with $10,900 in fund raising. She had $1178 in funds at the end of the reporting period.

Wendy Vance raised $4220 and spent $4008, leaving $412 in the campaign account.

James Carstensen collected $1440 in contributions and had $972 at the reporting time.

Craig Lee had contributions of $600. He loaned his campaign $900 and he had a $300 balance.

District C is an open seat because Oliver Jenkins is term limited.

John Nickelson raised $40,775 in the reporting period. He also had in-kind contributions of $436. These contributions are more than any other local candidate except for Adrian Perkins and Ollie Tyler. Nickelson had campaign funds of $24,967 at the end of the period, with one loan of $383.

Patick Kirton raised $12,567 in contributions and he had $1618 in funds in his campaign account.

The last District C candidate Joseph Carstensen showed $10 in contributions and $10 in remaining funds.

District D is also an open seat. Mike Corbin is term limited.

Grayson Boucher raised $9450 and had in kind contributions of $750. Boucher had $2407 at the end of the reporting period, and one loan of $3,097.

Keith Hanson”s report showed $6830 in contributions and $1591 on hand.

Versa “V.O.” Clark campaign report showed a loan of $2418 and a balance on hand of $414.

The last candidate in this race is Joey Hester. His report showed no money raised and no money spent.

District E incumbent James Flurry is challenged by Quinton Aught. Flurry had $2054 at the beginning of the reporting period. He raised $15,920 and he had $6753 in his campaign account at the end of the period.

Aught’s report showed $769 in contributions which had all been spent.

District F is a re-match between Stephanie Lynch and James Green, who she defeated in 2104.

Lynch did not have a report online as of October 18. Green showed contributions of $2115 which had all been spent.

Campaign contributions to Council candidates are low by all standards, just like those in the mayor’s race.

NOTE: This author contributed to the Bradford and Flurry campaigns. He has not been on any campaign committees.

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