Candidates in this year's biggest races ended 2013 with cash on hand to wage their campaigns - some more than others


GREENFIELD — Republican challenger Donnie Munden raised nearly twice as much money in 2013 as incumbent Sheriff Mike Shepherd, marking what is expected to become a competitive race for the top seat at the sheriff’s department.

Financial statements filed last week in the Hancock County Election Office show Munden raised $12,452 last year, while Shepherd raised $7,145. Both men are running in the GOP primary.

But in the race for county prosecutor, the incumbent had a large advantage in 2013. Prosecutor Michael Griffin has raised $28,618 compared to challenger Brent Eaton’s $11,037.

Campaign finance reports provide a glimpse of how much support each candidate has, but it’s still early in the election cycle. The deadline to file for the May 6 primary election isn’t until next month, and candidates will file more financial reports in April.

While candidates of the county’s most hotly contested races say they’re grateful for the financial support, they are hesitant to put much stock in the numbers as they look ahead to secure votes.

“Obviously, it’s the votes that count, but it’s nice that people are confident in me; they’re generous in their contributions,” said Munden, a 27-year member of the sheriff’s department.

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