Election campaigns attracting donors

A candidate seeking to unseat a Shenandoah County supervisor already has friends on the board.

The latest campaign finance reports filed with the county’s general registrar and the Virginia Department of Elections show candidates seeking offices in the Nov. 3 election raised thousands of dollars in the first period through March 31.

District 2 Supervisor Steven A. Baker is seeking the Shenandoah County Republican Committee’s nomination to run for re-election. Baker reported that he received $500 from Dan Walsh, senior vice president of government affairs for Valente and Associates, on March 21.

Michael N. Wakeman, an independent candidate running for the District 2 seat on the Board of Supervisors, raised more than $2,400 in the first period, according to the latest campaign finance reports. District 5 Supervisor Marsha Shruntz gave $800 to Wakeman’s campaign on Jan. 31. Scott Bailey, husband of District 4 Supervisor Cindy Bailey, gave a total of $603.19 — $500 plus $103.19 as an in-kind contribution for T-shirts — to Wakeman’s campaign as of March 22.

Wakeman also received $1,000 from retired U.S. military veteran John Riffee on Jan. 21. Riffee was a major donor to the successful campaigns of Shruntz and Cindy Bailey in 2013. Shruntz unseated longtime Supervisor Dennis Morris and Cindy Bailey defeated Republican Party candidate Steve Shaffer and Democrat Emily Scott.

Riffee gave $1,500 to Shruntz and $1,275 to Bailey in the 2013 campaign season, according to the Virginia Public Access Project. Wakeman also gave $1,056 to Bailey’s campaign and $250 to Shruntz that season. Other members of the Wakeman family helped Bailey’s campaign.

Wakeman reported a total of $2,400 remaining in his campaign coffers at the end of the first period.

In the race for the District 6 seat on the board, S. John Massoud reported that he received $550 from M&R Taxi as its vice president for the taxi fleet. Massoud also reported that he received $500 in in-kind contributions, $100 of which he used to pay a campaign finance violation to the general registrar’s office. Massoud is seeking the Republican Party nomination to run for the seat held by Supervisor Conrad Helsley.

Helsley, a Republican, did not file to seek the party’s nomination. Instead, Helsley plans to run for re-election as an independent candidate. Helsley also sought an exemption from the reporting requirements, indicating that he would neither accept contributions nor spend more than $1,000 of his money on the campaign.

Board Chairman David Ferguson, also a Republican seeking the nomination to run for re-election to the District 3 seat, submitted the request for the exemption. Cindy George and Kathy Black, seeking re-election to treasurer and commissioner of revenue, respectively, filed exemptions. Roger Barbee, seeking election to the School Board, also filed the exemption.

The race for Shenandoah County Circuit Court Clerk also continues to attract donors. Deputy Clerk Sarona Irvin reported receiving $500 from Betty Jo Irvin, a sales clerk at 7-Eleven, on March 4. Irvin also received $905 in un-itemized cash contributions of $100 or less. Irvin also reported spending $1,035.79 by the end of March that included the $1,000 filing fee required by the Shenandoah County Republican Committee to seek the party’s nomination, $25.79 for a PayPal account and $10 to upgrade an email subscription with GoDaddy.com. Irvin reported a balance of $369.21 at the end of the period.

David George is challenging Irvin for the Republican Party nomination to run for circuit court clerk. George reported that he loaned himself $4,500 for his campaign. George also reported $100 in un-itemized, in-kind contributions.

Tammy Heishman, clerk of the Shenandoah County General District Court, also running for circuit court clerk as an independent, reported receiving a $10 contribution in the period and spending $4.69. Heishman is running as an independent candidate.

Lisa M. Long is also running as an independent candidate for the circuit court clerk’s office. Long reported that she received $250 from Carolyn Long, of New Market, as well as $49 in un-itemized, in-kind contributions. She reported $49 as an expense.

Chad Logan is seeking the Republican Party nomination to run for Shenandoah County Commonwealth’s Attorney. Commonwealth’s Attorney Amanda Wiseley has not officially announced whether or not she plans to seek re-election. Her campaign account remained open as of Dec. 31 with a balance of $50,330.

Logan reported that he loaned himself $1,000 and then paid the $1,000 filing fee to the committee.

Sheriff Timothy C. Carter, seeking the Republican Party nomination to run for re-election, reported that he received $143.88 on Feb. 19 as an in-kind contribution from Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Deputy Mitchell Vernazza to cover the cost of the Internet domain name for the campaign. Carter reported $4.76 in interest received from a bank account. He also received $210 in un-itemized cash contributions.

Carter reported that he paid the $900 filing fee to the Republican committee and spent $196 on postage. The campaign had a balance at the end of the period of $43,418.48.

Strasburg police Chief Timothy Sutherly reported no activity for the period. His campaign had a balance of $2,734.45 left over from the previous reporting period.

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or abridges@nvdaily.com

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