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WHO GAVE WHAT: Henderson County Commission

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Civil engineer Bill Lapsley campaign treasury of $24,900 more than doubled Henderson County Commissioner Larry Young's donations of $10,100, according to campaign finance reports the candidates filed a week before the May 6 primary. Besides a $2,000 check he wrote to his campaign, Lapsley reported donations totaling $3,500 from his three sons.


Lapsley defeated Young in the May 6 primary, and will take office during the Board of Commissioners organizational meeting in December.

Philanthropist Teddi Segal donated $4,500 to Young's campaign, a single check that accounted for nearly half Young's total and was the largest single donation a Board of Commissioners candidate received.
In the District 4 race, challenger Tim Griffin raised $7,802, including $1,933 from donors who gave less than $50 apiece. Griffin's total from small donors was the largest among any candidate for the board. Incumbent Tommy Thompson made the biggest bet on himself. He reported contributions of $8,289, including a check he wrote his campaign for $5,500, the largest self-funding amount among seven candidates vying for three seats.
In District 1, challenger Andrew Riddle raised $10,040 while incumbent Michael Edney raised $6,725.
County Commissioner Grady Hawkins donated $150 to both Riddle and Griffin. If Young holds his seat and either Edney or Thompson loses, it is possible that Young could become chairman when the 2014 winners start their terms in December. The Board of Commissioners has had several 3-2 votes since Hawkins took office in December 2012, with Hawkins and Young edged by Chairman Charlie Messer, Edney and Thompson.