Mike Ford, who was elected Somervell County Judge last week, outspent his opponent, Dwayne Griffin, in the month before the election by a margin of 4-to-1, campaign finance records show.

Ford, who ran as a Republican, won the election by 27 votes.

Candidates are required to file campaign finance reports with the Texas Ethics Commission. The records, obtained from the District and County Clerk’s office, reveal that most of the local races did not generate political contributions or expenditures of over $1,000.

The county judge’s position was the notable exception.

County Commissioner Ford was the largest political fundraiser and spender. He listed $1,640.40 in total political contributions between Sept. 24 and Oct. 23, and total expenses of $4,059.79. Other than pledges or loans, Ford listed one campaign contributor, Bill Wyatt, a self-employed dentist in Glen Rose, who gave $150.

Ford’s expenses included photography, postage and newspaper advertising.

Justice of the Peace Griffin reported one contributor. His aunt, Kathy Brown, secretary of the Somervell County Water District, gave $100. Griffin reported spending $922 between Sept. 24 and Oct. 23, all of it for political advertising in local newspapers and at the Squaw Valley Ladies Golf Association Tournament.

Candidates have not yet filed their contributions and expenses for the week before the election, when many of them stepped up their advertising.