By Alex Bridges
A critic of Shenandoah County government spending leads in fundraising among hopefuls running for the Board of Supervisors.
Finance reports filed with the Virginia State Board of Elections shows Cindy Miller Bailey leading the fundraising for the District 4 race. Bailey, running as an independent candidate, has raised $5,050 as of Aug. 31, according to information from the state agency.
Republican Party candidate Steve Paul Shaffer raised $2,175 through Aug. 31, according to reports filed with the state agency.
Democratic Party candidate Emily Garnett Scott raised $826, according to information from the Virginia Public Access Project, a nonprofit organization that collects and posts campaign finance data.
Bailey, Scott and Shaffer are vying for the seat held by Supervisor Sharon Baroncelli, who declined to seek re-election to the board.
Bailey received $250 from retired Edinburg resident John Riffee on July 10. Riffee has given $1,250 to Bailey's campaign to date, according to her report. New Market resident Mark C. Capozella gave $250 to Bailey's campaign June 13.
Bailey collected $951 toward her campaign during a yard sale fundraiser held July 20 at the corner of Va. 42 and Readus Road near Edinburg, reports show. She collected $302 at a yard sale fundraiser held Aug. 3 at the same location.
Cabin Hill T's LLC, 923 S. Main St., Woodstock, has given printed T-shirts valued at $1,632 to Bailey's campaign, reported as in-kind contributions of more than $100. Bailey has received $615 in cash contributions of $100 or less, and an in-kind donation of $50.
Bailey has spent $2,720 on her campaign, leaving a balance of $2,329 as of Aug. 1.
Shaffer received $200 from William B. Holtzman, president of Holtzman Oil, on July 25. The Shenandoah County Republican Party contributed $1,000 to Shaffer's campaign on Aug. 29. Shaffer's campaign has reported receiving $750 in cash contributions of $100 or less. The Shaffer campaign also has borrowed $250.
Shaffer has spent $562, leaving the campaign with $1,612.
Scott's campaign received $200 from retired Woodstock resident Frederick A. Dorrell on Aug. 30; $196 on June 10 from Jim Allen Cook of Edinburg; and $190 from the Virginia Democratic Women of Shenandoah County on Aug. 31. Scott also has received $240 in cash contributions of $100 or less.
Scott has spent $139 to date, leaving her campaign with $687 as of Aug. 31.
Neither Bailey nor Scott has borrowed money for their campaigns.
District 5 Supervisor Dennis Morris faces challenger Marsha Shruntz. Neither candidate filed their reports electronically with the Virginia State Board of Elections.
Morris, the Republican Party candidate, has raised $1,351 for his campaign, according to Virginia Public Access Project. Holtzman gave $1,000 to Morris' campaign on May 7. Morris gave himself a cash contribution of $100 on March 21 and $1 on March 19. Morris also has borrowed $250.
The Morris campaign has spent $1,334, leaving it with a $16 balance.
Shruntz has raised $6,095 through Aug. 31, according to Virginia Public Access Project. The campaign has received $4,275 in contributions of more than $100. The amount includes $1,500 from Riffee, $609 from Mark W. Prince and $250 from Capozella. Shruntz also gave $1,916 to her own campaign. The campaign also has received $1,621 in cash contributions of $100 or less.
Virginia Public Access Project reports that it moved $1,147 in proceeds from a bake sale to unitemized cash contributions because the number and names of people who gave money is unclear. Shruntz also has received an in-kind donation of $50.
District 1 Supervisor John "Dick" Neese is running unopposed for re-election to his seat. Neese has received an exemption from reporting, meaning that the committee has agreed to accept no campaign contributions and not to spend more than $1,000 of the candidate's own money. The committee must still file a summary report after the election.
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