Sayre raised, spent more than Rinaldi on campaign

The Republican Party candidate seeking a Warren County supervisors seat raised and spent more money than his challenger.

Thomas H. Sayre won the Warren County Republican Committee’s nomination to run for the Shenandoah District seat on the Board of Supervisors last month. Campaign finance reports filed for period that ended just before the nominating event showed Sayre’s fundraising activity far outpaced challenger Ralph Rinaldi, who also sought the party’s endorsement.

Sayre is a former member of the Front Royal Town Council. Rinaldi serves on the Warren County Planning Commission.

The Friends for Tom Sayre campaign received $3,493 in the reporting period from Jan. 1 to March 31. Sayre also loaned himself $200. Sayre spent $3,181 of his funds, leaving $512 in his campaign coffers.

Sayre reported the following contributors and amounts given:

  • Charles Asper, a software engineer based in Chantilly, Virginia, gave a total of $1,250
  • Mary Kay Clark, president of Seton School, gave a total of $1,080
  • Douglas Meador, director of operations for Zeta Associates in Fairfax, gave $150
  • Rebecca S. Riffe, a homemaker in Haltom, Texas, gave $250
  • Floyd M. Sayre, a lawyer based in Martinsburg, W.Va., gave $250
  • John F. Clark, a writer based in Front Royal, wrote a speech reported as an in-kind contribution worth $500.

During the reporting period, Sayre spent campaign money on food for meet-and-greet events from Castiglia’s restaurant in Front Royal, balloons, tableware and coverings and other related items. Sayre reported his $250 filing fee paid to the Warren County Republican Committee. Sayre spent more than $1,350 on flyers, bumper stickers, yard signs and magnets from National Media Services Inc.

By comparison, Rinaldi reported receiving $1,287 in campaign contributions during the four-month period. Of that amount, Rinaldi received $500 from Jeffrey L. Lehew, owner of Dish Network in Front Royal, and $200 from John K. Marlow, owner of Marlow Motors, also in town. Rinaldi reported $488 in un-itemized cash contributions of $100 or less. Rinaldi also reported that he received in-kind contributions – pizza and soda – valued at $99 from his wife Edna Rinaldi.

Rinaldi spent $488 on his campaign. That amount includes $175 to Infotech for his website and $214 on copies from Staples. Rinaldi had $799 left in his campaign fund at the end of the period.

In other campaigns, Front Royal Town Councilman Daryl N. Funk is running for the Warren County Circuit Court clerk position. Longtime Clerk Jennifer Sims has made it known that she doesn’t plan to seek another term.

Funk started the election cycle with $2,709. Funk reported $1,842 in contributions for the first period. Funk reported that he received contributions of more than $100 totaling $800 from Nicholas J. Bukowski, with Procas LLC, an information technology and software company in Front Royal; the law firm of Dulaney Lauer Thomas; retired town resident Ruth Ann Poe; Woodstock attorney Brad Pollack; Carla Repici, office manager for John Francis Company Inc.; retired resident Joe E. Swiger; Matthew Tederick, vice president of the Warren County Republican Committee and employee with Wealth Management Inc.; and Department of Motor Vehicles employee Matthew S. Wells.

Funk received in-kind contributions totaling $398 from William Hammack (designing and printing magnets and yard signs) and Swiger (rental of facility for event). Funk reported a 26-cent refund from Paypal.

Funk spent a total of $1,572 in campaign money on various items including the $500 filing fee to the Republican Committee. Funk also spent money on tickets to a charity function for the Boyles family, a consulting fee to Thomas Farrell, food and refreshments for a fundraiser, online advertising, tickets to Lions Club fundraisers in Front Royal and Woodstock and to Nick Crettier Photography for the rights to a digital image.

Funk reported $2,979 remaining in his campaign fund at the end of the period.

Rhonda S. North, town clerk for Middleburg, is also running for the court clerk position. North reported $1,450 from Steven A. North, a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. She received $386 from cash and in-kind contributions. North included $96 in un-itemized in-kind contributions as an expense. North spent $171, leaving her campaign with $1,665 at the end of the period.

North paid $75 to the Department of Elections for a voter registration list.

North River District Supervisor Daniel J. Murray Jr. is running for re-election. Murray reported no contributions in the period. Murray had a beginning balance of $1,282. Murray reported spending $477, leaving him with $805.

Sheriff Daniel T. McEathron reported that he contributed $500 to his campaign in the first period. McEathron had $178 left at the end of the period, having spent $852, including the $500 filing fee to the Republican Committee.

François Flippen is seeking the Republican Party nomination to run for the Commissioner of Revenue office and reported a cash contribution of $100.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Brian Madden, seeking re-election, and appointed School Board member C. Douglas Rosen filed exemptions from reporting, indicating that they neither will accept contributions nor spend more than $1,000 of their own money on campaigns.

Treasurer Wanda Bryant and Commissioner of Revenue Sherry Sours announced their intentions to seek re-election to their offices but had not yet filed their statements of organization indicating they had set up their campaign accounts.

Editor’s note: All numbers in this story have been rounded to the nearest dollar.

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or

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