Hopefuls report campaign activity in Shenandoah County races

WOODSTOCK – Candidates running for local offices in Shenandoah County continued to raise and spend campaign money through June.

Candidates filed their reports with the county Office of Voter Registration or online through the Virginia Department of Elections showing activity through June 30. Reports were due by July 15 and some candidates who missed the deadline must pay a $100 fine.

All five candidates running for the clerk of the circuit court seat reported activity during the period. Adam M. Sharp, running as a Democrat, reported that he received $3,575 in contributions, which included $1,000 from the Shenandoah County Democratic Committee; $750 from Common Sense for the Valley, a political action committee based in Strasburg; $250 from David Evans, a retired resident in Arlngton; $250 from Frederick T. Gray, a writer in Staunton; $125 from Jeanette Rishell, a member of the Manassas Park City County; and $150 from Karen Shultz, an educator at Shenandoah University and one-time Democratic Party candidate for state senate. The remainder of his contributions came as un-itemized contributions.

Sharp spent $1,495 during the period leaving his campaign with a balance of $2,706.

Republican Party candidate David A. George reported $500 in contributions including $250 from retired Edinburg resident Warren French Jr., bringing his account to $2,660. George reported that he spent $678 on his campaign leaving it with a balance of $1,982.

Sarona Irvin, chief deputy clerk of the circuit court, reported a $100, un-itemized cash contribution. Added to her beginning balance of $199, Irvin had $299 in her campaign account at the end of the period.

Lisa Long, a staffer for Commonwealth’s Attorney Amanda Wiseley, reported a $1,000 contribution from Thomas W. Schuyler, a retiree in Sterling. Long spent $1,395 in the period leaving her account with a balance of $7.

Board of Supervisors

Supervisor Steven A. Baker is running for re-election to represent District 2. Baker reported that he received a $500 contribution from William B. Holtzman, president and chief executive officer of Holtzman Oil Co. Baker also received un-itemized cash contributions totaling $540, bringing his total for the period to $1,040. Baker spent no money during the period and ended with a balance of $2,536.

Michael N. Wakeman is seeking the District 2 seat. Wakeman reported that he received a $700 contribution from Edinburg homemaker Lisa Papson. Wakeman received an un-itemized cash contribution of $50 and in-kind donations valued at $128 the latter of which he reported as an expense. Wakeman had an ending balance of $5,118.

Richard R. Walker is running for the District 3 seat. Walker reported no activity for the period and an ending balance of $600.

S. John Massoud is running for the District 6 seat on the Board of Supervisors. Massoud reported that he received $1,000 contributions from his businesses Arlington Blue Top Cab and Dulles Airport Taxi. Massoud reported spending no money during the period and had an ending balance of almost $7,435.

School Board

Barbara C. Bliss, running for the District 2 seat, reported an un-itemized cash contribution of $100 and an ending balance of $100.

Joanie B. Hovatter, also running for District 2, has not filed campaign finance reports with the registrar or the state.

Cyndy Walsh, running for the District 3 seat on the School Board reported no activity during the period. Her campaign ended the reporting period with $1,010. However, Walsh will have to pay a fine for filing the report July 29.

Commonwealth’s Attorney

Commonwealth’s Attorney Amanda Wiseley, running as an independent for another term, reported the $350 cost of a booth at the county fair as an in-kind contribution she made to her campaign. Wiseley reported that she received un-itemized cash contributions totaling $199. Wiseley had an ending balance of $50,529.

Republican Party candidate Chad A. Logan, assistant prosecutor for the Rockingham County Commonwealth’s Attorney, reported contributions totaling $7,475. Logan received the following cash contributions: $200 from retired Fort Valley resident Russell Adams; $250 from Nancy Barnett, an executive with Industrial Maintenance Solutions in Edinburg; $200 from Cynthia Dellinger, a real estate agent based in Mount Jackson; $250 from retired Woodstock resident Marian B. French; $250 from Warren B. French, of Edinburg; $400 from Tom Galati, an executive with HSRL Inc. in Mount Jackson; $1,000 from Rockingham County Commonwealth’s Attorney Marsha Garst’s political committee; $200 from Douglas Guynn, an attorney with BotkinRose law office in Harrisonburg; $1,000 Mariann Logan, a pharmacist with Valley Health in Woodstock; $200 from Thomas Truban, a veterinarian with the Shenandoah Animal Hospital in Woodstock; and $500 from retired Fredericksburg resident Rodney Vanderhoof. Logan received in-kind contributions valued at $300 from Marian Logan reported as an expense. He also spent $66 on his campaign leaving a balance of $8,533.

Other races

Sheriff Timothy C. Carter, running unopposed for another term, reported no activity in June and an ending balance of $49,230.

The following candidates filed for an exemption to the reporting requirement, agreeing that they would neither accept contributions nor spend more than $1,000 of their own money:
Commissioner of Revenue Kathy A. Black
Treasurer Cindy A. George
District 3 Supervisor David Ferguson
District 6 Supervisor Conrad Helsley
Robert B. “Bob” Baker, seeking the District 6 supervisor seat
Sarah K. Mauck, seeking the District 6 supervisor seat
District 2 School Board member R.L. “Rick” Koontz
D. Roger Barbee, seeking the District 3 seat on the School Board
Steve D. Wood, seeking the District 3 seat on the School Board
District 6 School Board member Sonya L. Williams-Giersch
Van Holmes III, seeking the District 6 seat on the School Board

Strasburg police Chief Timothy Sutherly closed his campaign account for the sheriff’s race. Sutherly reported that he repaid loans totaling $2,430.

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

Correction: The following information was omitted from the original: Tammy Heishman, clerk of the Shenandoah County General District Court, running for circuit court clerk, reported that she received un-itemized cash contributions totaling $538. Heishman spent $250 during the period and reported an ending balance of $3,898.