Republican candidates help each other

WOODSTOCK – A couple of candidates running for local offices in Shenandoah County have received financial help from fellow Republicans.

Candidates filed reports with the Voter Registration Office or the Department of Elections by Monday covering Oct. 1-21. Candidates do not report activity until Dec. 3 for the days leading up to the election through Nov. 26.

In the race the Board of Supervisors, District 6 Supervisor Conrad A. Helsley is running for another term as an independent candidate. S. John Massoud is the Republican candidate running for the seat. Strasburg Town Councilman Robert R. “Bob” Baker and former councilwoman Sarah K. Mauck are running for the seat as independent candidates. Helsley, Baker and Mauck received the reporting exemption, meaning they will not accept contributions nor spend more than $1,000 of their own money on campaigns.

Massoud received $500 contributions from two re-election campaigns – local Del. C. Todd Gilbert and state Sen. Dave Albo. Massoud reported Gilbert’s contribution as part of a total of $1,650 that included donations from Louise Huston and Roya Evans, an information technology manager with SRA International. Massoud reported Albo’s donation as a large contribution received on Oct. 22. Massoud also reported mailers sent by Restoration Fellowship Church in Strasburg as an in-kind contribution valued at $1,542. Massoud spent $1,673 and reported a balance of $6,169.

David A. George, Tammy L. Heishman, Sarona S. Irvin, Lisa M. Long and Adam M. Sharp are vying to serve as the next clerk of the circuit court.

George reported contributions totaling $450, including $250 from fellow Republican Sheriff Timothy C. Carter. George spent $4,617 and reported a balance of $3,211. George also loaned himself an additional $6,300 for his campaign this month, bringing the total unpaid debt to $12,800.

Heishman reported $1,150 in contributions. Donations of more than $100 came from Kibler Farms LLC, Edinburg investor Mark A. Morrison and Devon F. Pence, a Woodstock-based sales manager for Skidmore Sales and Distributing. Heishman spent $904 and reported a balance of $8,424.

Irvin reported $554 in contributions. Irvin spent $1,738 and reported $3,550 in unpaid loans with a balance of $676.

Long reported $398 in contributions that included a $150 donation from retiree Thomas W. Schuyler. Long spent $148 and reported a balance of $357.

Sharp reported $4,255 in contributions. Donations of more than $100 came from Harrisonburg attorney Richard Baugh; Howard Brown, contract administrator for Arrowpoint Corp.; Common Sense for the Valley, a political action committee; self-employed writer Frederick R. Gray; the Harrisonburg Democratic Committee; attorney A. Gene Hart; retiree Don Kienzle; retiree N.C. Kirkland; Manassas Park City Councilwoman Jeanette Richell; the Rockingham County Democratic Committee; retiree Luther Santiful; and Selma Medical Associates employee Teresa Sihler. Sharp spent $3,506 and reported a balance of $891.

Other seats on the Board of Supervisors are up for election.

District 2 Supervisor Steven A. Baker is seeking a third term as the Republican candidate. Michael N. Wakeman is vying for the seat as an independent.

Baker reported no activity during the period. Baker’s campaign account had a balance of $4,920.

Wakeman reported $370 in contributions that included donations from retirees Randy Kennedy and W. Denman Zirkle. Wakeman spent $732 and reported a balance of $631.

District 3 Supervisor David E. Ferguson is running for a fourth term as the Republican candidate. Richard R. Walker is vying for the seat as an independent. Ferguson received an exemption from the reporting requirements, meaning he has agreed to take no contributions nor spend more than $1,000 of his own money on the campaign.

Walker reported $625 in contributions that included a $500 donation from retiree John Riffee. Walker spent no money and reported unpaid debt of $247 as well as a balance of $977.

School Board
District 2 representative R.L. “Rick” Koontz Jr. is running for another term. Barbara C. Bliss and Joanie Hovatter are vying for the seat. Koontz and Hovatter received the reporting exemption. Bliss reported neither receiving contributions nor spending any money and had a balance of $196.

D. Roger Barbee, Cyndy D. Walsh and Steve D. Wood are vying to represent District 3 on the School Board. All three received the reporting exemption.

District 6 representative Sonya L. Williams-Giersch is running for another term. Van C. Holmes III is vying for the position. Both candidates received the exemption.

Commonwealth’s attorney
Commonwealth’s Attorney Amanda M. Wiseley is running for a second term as an independent. Chad Logan, assistant prosecutor for the Rockingham County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, is vying for the post as the Republican candidate.

Logan reported $450 in contributions that included $250 from Woodstock attorney Jay Neal. Logan spent $4,408 and reported a balance of $4,863. Unpaid debts total $1,000.

Wiseley reported $2,600 in contributions. Donations of more than $100 each came from Winchester attorneys William A. Bassler and David Hensley and Front Royal attorneys John O’Neill and Dennis Wiseley. Wiseley spent $3,808 and reported a balance of $50,895. Unpaid debts total $50,000.

Sheriff Carter is running unopposed for another term. He reported no activity during the period and a balance of $48,041.

Commissioner of Revenue Kathy A. Black and Treasurer Cindy A. George are running unopposed for another term in their constitutional offices. Black and George received the reporting exemption. Joan M. Comanor and Mary L. Gessner, running unopposed for two seats on the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Directors, are not required to file reports.

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