Candidates take out big campaign loans
Eight of the 13 candidates vying in the special election for the 1st District U.S. House seat have placed at least $75,000 of their own money either through loans or direct funding into their campaigns.
The leader in self-funding is emergency room physician Starner Jones, who has put $475,000 into his effort.
Jones, a Pontotoc resident who practices medicine primarily in Memphis, lists $460,000 in candidate loans and an additional $15,000 in a direct contribution into his campaign, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission.
The 13 candidates are vying to replace Alan Nunnleee, R-Tupelo, who died in February early in his third term.
Jones’ campaign and those of Ed Holliday, a Tupelo dentist; Greg Pirkle, a Tupelo attorney; Nancy Collins, a Tupelo state senator; Boyce Adams, Columbus businessman; Chip Mills, Itawamba County prosecuting attorney; Sam Adcock, a Columbus businessman; and Henry Ross, a Eupora attorney, are relying heavily on candidate loans to finance their campaigns.