Sheriff’s campaign coffers growing

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County Sheriff Timothy C. Carter’s re-election campaign war chest continues to grow even though he faces no challengers.

The latest campaign finance reports filed with the Shenandoah County Voter Registrar’s office last month show some candidates on the crowded ballot keep collecting and spending contributions.

Carter reported that he received $4,295 in direct contributions in the most recent period. The report shows that he received money from several of his deputies – $192 from Mitchell Vernazza; $135 from Wesley Dellinger; $101 from A. Scott Proctor; and $3,398 from Tony Thorpe.

Carter also received $105 from Julia Beavers, a paralegal with the law firm Hart, Calley, Gibbs and Karp; $157 from Liz Gossert, an accounting assistant with George’s Inc.; and $250 from retired Basye resident J. Kenneth Klinge.

Carter’s campaign received a total of $6,872 that includes 162 unitemized cash contributions of $100 or less totaling $2,405.

Carter spent a total of $1,060 in the period that included $400 to rent a booth at the Shenandoah County Fair and $489 on barbecue from Wholesome Foods Inc.

Carter began the reporting period with $43,418 and ended with $49,229.

At one time it appeared Carter could face a challenge for the seat from Strasburg Police Chief Timothy Sutherly, who opened a campaign account and filed papers with the registrar. Sutherly ended that effort earlier this year.

In the five-way race for the circuit court clerk’s office, Republican Party candidate David George reported that he received $850 in direct contributions and loaned his campaign $4,500. George received $150 from Jean Ehlman of Mollusk, Virginia; $500 from Grabill Investments in Edinburg; and $200 from Woodstock resident Peggy Sollenberger.

George spent $3,190 on campaign materials, including a website and the $1,000 filing fee paid to the Shenandoah County Republican Committee. George’s campaign had $2,160 left at the end of the period.

Sarona Irvin, chief deputy clerk for the circuit court, running for the clerk’s office, reported that she received $100 last period. Irvin spent $270 in the last period, leaving her campaign with almost $200.

Lisa Long reported that she received $250 from Front Royal attorney John F. O’Neill Castro. Long spent $98, leaving her with a balance of $402.

Tammy L. Heishman, clerk of the Shenandoah County General District Court, received $1,546 from D and M Meats LLC in Mount Jackson; $500 from Grabill Investments LLC; $580 from Deborah Lynn Heishman of Edinburg; $500 from Jack Heishman of Edinburg; and $500 from John Riffee of Edinburg. She reported an in-kind donation from The Printer Fix LLC in Front Royal for flyers valued at $150.

Tammy Heishman received a total of $4,117 in cash and in-kind contributions. She spent $512 that included $300 to rent space at the Shenandoah County Fair and $32 on postcards and fliers.

Adam Sharp, the Democratic Party candidate, received $101 from John Bell, with Booz Allen Hamilton in Chantilly, and Bruce Elder, a self-employed auto dealer in Staunton. Sharp also received $275 in un-itemized cash contributions. Sharp spent $334 on his campaign leaving him with $292.

In the Board of Supervisors race, Steven A. Baker, the Republican Party candidate seeking re-election to the District 2 seat, reported that he received $250 from Nancy Barnett and Frank Barnett III, co-owners of Industrial Maintenance Solutions of Edinburg. Baker received a total of $1,059 in cash and in-kind contributions for the reporting period, $63 of which he also reported as an expense. Baker ended the period with $1,496.

Michael Wakeman, Baker’s challenger, reported a $2,000 contribution from Galen Wakeman of Edinburg and also received a $100 un-itemized contribution. Michael Wakeman spent $142 on flyers from The Print Shop in Woodstock. His campaign had a balance of $4,368.

S. John Massoud, owner of taxi companies in Northern Virginia, is the Republican Party candidate running for the District 6 seat on the Board of Supervisors. Massoud received some financial help this period from Virginia Del. David B. Albo, R-Springfield. Massoud reported that he received $250 from Albo and $250 from Friends of Dave Albo. Massoud received $500 from Ed Gillespie Strategies, an Alexandria-based consulting firm. Gillespie lost a challenge against U.S. Sen. Mark Warner in last year’s election. Massoud worked as a regional field director and convention manager for Gillespie. Former state delegate and senator Jeannemarie Davis, who also ran for lieutenant governor, and her husband, Tom, gave Massoud $500.

Massoud also received $500 from NVS Kitchen and Bath in Manassas; $770 from Arlington Black Top Cab (also known as M&R Taxi); $1,000 from relative Louise Huston, of Alexandria; $500 from Adrienne Downs, of McLean; and $500 from retired Col. John Riffee, of Edinburg.

Massoud reported that he received $4,919 for the period. Massoud spent no money this period, leaving him with about $5,940.

Richard Walker, seeking the District 3 seat on the Board of Supervisors, received $500 from John Riffee of Edinburg and a $100, un-itemized contribution. Walker spent no money during the period.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Amanda Wiseley is running for re-election and faces challenger Chad Logan, the Republican Party candidate.

Wiseley reported no contributions in the period but her campaign did have a starting balance of $50,548 that included unpaid debt of $50,000 that she loaned to herself in late December. Wiseley reported an ending balance of $50,330.

Logan reported that he received $250 from Greg Benante, of Washington, D.C., and with the Arlington consulting firm CEB. Logan also received $1,000 from Catherine Winters, a financial analyst with Booz Allen Hamilton from Fairfax. Logan reported $326 in un-itemized contributions. Logan spent $202 and has an unpaid loan of $1,000. His campaign had $1,424 at the end of the period.

The following people filed an exemption from the reporting requirements:
District 3 Supervisor David Ferguson
Commissioner of Revenue Kathy Black
Treasurer Cindy George
District 6 Supervisor Conrad Helsley and challengers Robert B. Baker and Sarah K. Mauck
District 2 School Board member R.L. “Rick” Koontz Jr.
District 3 School Board candidates D. Roger Barbee and Steve D. Wood
District 6 School Board member Sonya Williams-Giersch and challenger Van C. Holmes III

Barbara Bliss’ campaign finance report was not available through the Virginia Department of Elections. Bliss is running for the District 2 School Board seat.

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