Campaign finance activity slows down

FRONT ROYAL – Campaign spending and fundraising in local races slowed down last month in Warren County.

Candidates running for local offices filed campaign finance reports with the county Voter Registrar’s Office by Thursday for the period ending in late June.

In the race for circuit court clerk, Daryl Funk reported that he received $3,749 in contributions, of which $2,000 was actually a loan he made to his campaign, boosting his coffers to $8,555. He received in-kind donations valued at $350. Funk spent $1,373 during the period, leaving his campaign with a balance of $7,182. Funk spent money on tickets to fundraising events for other organizations and on food and beverages for a fundraiser.

Funk received cash contributions from Tony Carter, with Stoneburner-Carter Insurance and supervisor for the Happy Creek district; Friends of Mark Obenshain, a state senator running for re-election in the 26th district; Bridget Grady Madden law firm; Joseph Silek Jr. of Lawson and Silek; the Silek Law Group of Vienna; current Circuit Court Clerk Jennifer Sims; and The Good Fund, a multi-candidate committee.

Funk, an attorney with Pond, Pond and Williams, is a member of Front Royal Town Council.

Rhonda North, town clerk for Middleburg, is running for the circuit court clerk’s office. North reported that she received $2,136 in contributions, boosting her campaign account to $3,669. Of that amount, $2,100 came from Steven North, a mail carrier with the U.S. Postal Service based in Manassas. North spent $1,313, leaving her campaign with $2,357.

In the race for Board of Supervisors seat representing the Shenandoah District, former Front Royal Town Councilman Thomas Sayre reported his campaign activity. Sayre reported that he received $60 in un-itemized cash and in-kind contributions. Sayre spent 25 cents on a copy at the Voter Registrar’s Office. Sayre reported 10 cents in interest and an unpaid debt of $200 from a loan he made to himself earlier in the campaign season. Sayre’s campaign had a balance of $709 at the end of the period.

Planning Commission member Ralph Rinaldi reported no activity during the period. Rinaldi’s campaign had an ending balance of $845.

Supervisor Daniel Murray Jr., seeking re-election to the North River district seat on the board, reported no campaign finance activity and a balance of $805.

Former Front Royal councilman N. Shae Parker reported that he received $418 that included un-itemized cash contributions totaling $380 and in-kind contributions valued at about $38. Parker spent about $49 during the reporting period. Parker reported a balance of about $527 at the end of the period.

Commissioner of Revenue Sherry Sours is running for re-election and her first, four-year term. Sours reported that she received a $1,000 contribution from office co-worker Vivian Lake, bringing Sours’ campaign account to $1,977. Sours also reported a $1,000 loan she made to herself for the campaign remained unpaid as of the end of the period.

François Flippen is also running for the commissioner of revenue. Flippen reported that he received $1,115 in contributions, bringing his campaign chest to $4,459. He received cash contributions from Stephen Greene, a retired FedEx employee, and from Richard Jamieson, owner of Rockville, Maryland-based software firm Enelytics LLC. Flippen received un-itemized cash contributions totaling $665.

Flippen spent $1,094, including a $500 filing fee to the Warren County Republican Committee, leaving his campaign with a balance of $3,365.

Donna McEathron is running for the South River District seat on the School Board. She is the wife of Sheriff Daniel McEathron. Donna McEathron received $200 from her business, Mane Attraction Salon and Wellness Center, and an in-kind contribution for $15. She spent $146 on her campaign. She reported an ending balance of about $69.

Sheriff McEathron, seeking re-election to another term, reported an ending balance of $228 with no contributions or spending during the period.

Other candidates seeking offices in the election filed exemptions meaning that they agree to not take contributions or spend more than $1,000 of their own money on campaigns.

Election Day is Nov. 3.

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