Rep. Deadrick, Sen. Gant, Deputy Bray are first into the pool

We continue to check daily to see which candidates for state office have filed their 2009 campaign finance reports. Unless I’ve missed something, the first to show up on the Secretary of State’s official web site are reports from three of the people running for … secretary of state!

They’re state Rep. Thomas Deadrick, R-Platte; Deputy Secretary of State Teresa Bray; and state Sen. Jason Gant, R-Sioux Falls. All three are seeking the Republican nomination to succeed Secretary of State Chris Nelson. (He’s term-limited and running for the Republican nomination for U.S. House of Representatives.)

Deadrick, Bray and Gant all filed their reports Jan. 27.

Deadrick reports raising $5,841 and spending $2,370 in 2009. His itemized receipts came from two people: himself for $691 and brother-in-law John Persinger for $5,000. He also reports receiving $150 in unitemized receipts.

Bray reports raising $6,445 including a $1,000 contribution from Nelson’s campaign committee and spending $13. (That’s not a misprint.) She also reports in-kind contributions valued at $17,696 for tee shirts, banners, printing, travel and other campaign expenses, which she paid for. 

Gant reports raising $15,025 and spending $7,858. His campaign also owes $7,842 to him for money he’s personally laid out. His revenue includes $5,883 he transferred from his Senate account.

Sen. Ben Nesselhuf of Vermillion, who’s seeking the Democratic nomination for secretary of state, filed his report today. As of 11:30 a.m., it hadn’t been posted yet today on the SOS web site (

Feb. 1 is the deadline to file.

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