Dotson out-raised Blair, Brady in general election

Republican Ryan Dotson, out-raised both of his opponents, Democrat Kenny Blair and write-in candidate Jada Brady, in the Nov. 3 general election.

According to campaign finance reports filed with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance, Dotson, a local church pastor and businessman, raised $12,656.95, mostly through individual contributions. The reports show no expenditures, but Dotson explained that he hasn’t yet filed the spending reports because he still has bills he hasn’t paid.

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The 30-day pre-election report shows that Dotson got three $500 contributions from political action committees: the GOP Ladies Republican Club PAC in Richmond, the Kentucky Credit Union League Federal PAC in Louisville and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Bluegrass Committee in Louisville.

In addition to those three committees, Dotson received individual itemized contributions of $250 or more from Gary Rison (the biggest, at $1,000), Judy Jernigan, Dr. Todd Scobee, Les Dixon and Steven Wilson. Donations of less than $250 were received from Gardner Wagers, Donna Brookshire, Jeff Sparks, James Easterling, Donna Messer and Eugene Howard.

Blair, a retired Winchester firefighter, raised $8,191 in the race, including a $1,000 political action committee contribution from the General Drivers, Warehousemen and Helpers Union Local 89 of Louisville. He had $2,711 in itemized contributions, but the only one listed in the 30-day report is from the union committee. Other receipts are listed as being $4,480.

As of the 30-day report, he had spent $5,964.

Brady’s 30-day report shows that she raised $7,419.80 and spent $5,797.21.

The 60-day pre-report shows Brady got $2,000 each from incumbent 73rd District state Rep. Les Yates, a Republican, who lost to Dotson in the primary and his wife, Katrina Yates. That’s all but $350 of the amount she raised during that period.

A local businesswoman, Brady received no donations from political action committees. Her itemized contributions of $250 or more came from James Rison, who gave $2,000, and Steven Caudill, who gave $500. Itemized donations of less than $250 came from Harriet Thompson, Justin Byrd, Jo Ann Pugh, Sonya Reddix, Michael Chambers and Syndy Deese.

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