Shenandoah County hopefuls ramp up focus on campaigns

Candidates running for local offices in Shenandoah County ramped up their campaigns in recent months.

Activity reports filed either with the Voter Registrar’s office or the Department of Elections cover the period for July 1-Aug. 31. Candidates who did not receive an exemption had to file no later than Tuesday.

Election Day is Nov. 3.

David A. George, Tammy L. Heishman, Sarona S. Irvin, Lisa M. Long and Adam M. Sharp are seeking the circuit court clerk’s position. Longtime Clerk Denise Estep is not seeking another term. George is the Republican Party candidate. Sharp is running on the Democratic Party ticket. Heishman, Irvin and Long are running as independents.

George received $1,103 in contributions, which included $550 in cash donations from Edinburg area farmer Charles Dellinger and John Whittington, who works in automobile restoration in Woodstock. George also received in-kind contributions totaling $304 from Trina George and Charles Solenberger.

George spent $3,255 on campaign supplies and advertising during the period. He also loaned his campaign $2,000 bringing his total unpaid debts to $6,500. His campaign had a balance of $1,516 at the end of the period.

Heishman received $1,093 in the period, which included $500 from retired Edinburg area resident John Riffee. She spent $677 leaving her campaign with a balance $4,314.

Irvin received $1,560 in contributions, which included $800 from C.W. Warthen, a records preservation company in Ashland; Patton’s Masonry Inc. in Edinburg and Thomas Chittenden, a Woodstock-based accountant.

Irvin spent $4,223 on campaign supplies and advertising. She also reported a credit of $37 for damaged candy she’d bought for her campaign. Irvin reported a $2,000 loan from Patton’s Masonry and a $500 loan from Hugh Irvin. Her campaign had a balance of $223.

Long received $2,080, which included $1,700 from New Market area farmer Adam Long and retired D.C. Metro worker Thomas Schuyler of Sterling. Lisa Long spent $1,896 on her campaign this period. She reported a balance of $191.

Sharp received $3,790, which included contributions from John Quincy Adams, C. Gerald Buttram, Strasburg-based political action committee Common Sense for the Valley, self-employed writer Elizabeth Cottrell, David Evans, attorney A. Gene Hart, Don Kienzle, Manassas Park Councilwoman Jeanette Rishell, Luther Santiful, Shenandoah University educator Karen Shultz, Selma Medical Associates employee Teresa Sihler and the Women’s Democratic Club of Shenandoah County.

Sharp spent $6,209 on his campaign and reported a balance of $286.

Seats representing Districts 2, 3 and 6 on the Board of Supervisors are up for election. Republican Party candidate Steven A. Baker seeks a third term for District 2. Michael N. Wakeman is running as an independent.

Baker received $525, which included $300 from Donna Mumaw, a partner with Mount Jackson-based Cabin Hill Homes. Baker spent $1,821 and reported a balance of $1,240.

Wakeman received $995, which included $300 from Edinburg-area retiree W.D. Zirkle. Wakeman spent $3,679 on campaign supplies. He reported a balance of $2,434.

District 3 Supervisor David E. Ferguson seeks re-election as the Republican Party candidate. Richard R. Walker is running as an independent. Ferguson received an exemption indicating he would neither accept contributions nor spend more than $1,000 of his own money on his campaign.

District 6 Supervisor Conrad A. Helsley seeks re-election as an independent. S. John Massoud is running as the Republican Party candidate. Strasburg Town Councilman Robert B. “Bob” Baker and Sarah K. Mauck are running as independent candidates. Helsley, Robert Baker and Mauck received exemptions.

Massoud received $665 that included $405 from Falls Church-based Broad Street Properties. Massoud spent $2,299 and reported a balance of $5,800.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Amanda Wiseley is seeking re-election. Chad Logan is challenging Wiseley as the Republican Party candidate.

Logan received $790, which included $200 from Harrisonburg jeweler James McHone. Logan spent $2,047 and reported a balance of $7,126.

Wiseley received $260 from Rutz’s Backyard BBQ. She spent no money during the period and reported a balance of $50,789. That includes an unpaid loan of $50,000 she made to her campaign in December.

School Board seats representing Districts 2, 3 and 6 are up for election.

District 2 Member R.L. “Rick” Koontz is seeking re-election. Barbara C. Bliss and Joanie B. Hovatter, sister of Steve Baker, are challenging Koontz for the position. Hovatter and Koontz filed for exemptions.

Bliss received $1,050 that included contributions from Geoffrey Buckler and John Riffee. She also gave money to her campaign. Bliss spent $674 and reported a balance of $476.

Candidates for District 3 on the School Board D. Roger Barbee, Cyndy D. Walsh and Steve D. Wood filed for exemptions.

District 6 School Board member Sonya L. Williams-Giersch and challenger Van C. Holmes III filed exemptions.

Sheriff Timothy C. Carter is running unopposed for re-election. Carter reported no contributions but spent $394. Carter reported a balance of $48,836.

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

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