Sheriff helps Logan campaign for chief prosecutor

Shenandoah County’s sheriff has thrown support to the Republican candidate running for chief prosecutor, campaign finance reports show.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Amanda M. Wiseley is seeking a second term as an independent candidate. Chad A. Logan, assistant prosecutor for the Rockingham County Commonwealth’s Attorney, is running on the Republican Party ticket.

Campaign finance reports filed with the Department of Elections or the local Voter Registrar’s office by Thursday show activity through Sept. 30.

Logan reported $1,700 in contributions that includes $1,400 in cash donations each exceeding $100. Sheriff Timothy C. Carter gave $250 to Logan’s campaign. Other contributions came from the Conservative Victory Fund, a political action committee based in Lexington; Sperryville attorney James W. Fletcher; Allen Peer, owner of Muhlenberg Ford; and Richmond attorney Jonathan Wolfson. Logan spent $4.65 during the period. Logan also has an unpaid loan of $1,000. He reported an ending balance of $8,821.

Wiseley reported $2,300 in contributions that includes $1,550 in cash donations of more than $100. Contributions came from Front Royal attorneys John O’Neill and Jerry Talton, the Front Royal law office of John Cadden and retiree Paul Cameron. Wiseley spent $986 and reported an ending balance of $52,103. She also has unpaid loans totaling $68,000.

At recent candidate forums, Wiseley has stated that the working relationship between the two agencies is the “best it’s ever been.” Wiseley also told audience members to ask deputies about her performance and relationship with the office.

Carter is running unopposed as the Republican Party candidate. Carter reported spending $800 on his campaign. He received $4.85 in bank interest. Carter reported a balance of $48,841.

Candidates running for the following offices also filed reports.

Clerk of the Circuit Court

David A. George, Tammy L. Heishman, Sarona S. Irvin, Lisa M. Long and Adam M. Sharp are running for the circuit court clerk’s office.

George, the Republican Party candidate, reported that he received $169 in contributions and spent $607. George reported an ending balance of $1,078.

Heishman reported $6,297 in contributions including $2,550 in cash donations of more than $100. Contributions came from several retirees; Churchville-based Eyes Disaster Services LLC; contractor Dexter Mumaw, Holtzman Oil employee Darren Swartz; and Brooke Whetzel, a pharmaceutical sales representative for Massachussetts-based Biogen. Heishman spent $2,433.

Irvin reported receiving $4,295 in contributions that included $1,525 in cash donations of more than $100. Contributions came from several retirees; Beagle Logging Co. Inc. of Woodstock; accountant Thomas Chittenden; current Clerk Denise Estep; 7-Eleven clerk Betty Jo Irvin; Melinda Jo Irvin-Grove, a secretary at WC Transport LLC; Woodstock attorney Paul Neal Jr.; Sager Realty; Ann Stalbird, an investor with Edward Jones; and WC Transport LLC. Irvin spent $3,658 and reported an ending balance of $860.

Long reported a contribution of $750 that came from New Market area farmer Adam Long. Long spent $834 and reported an ending balance of $107.

Sharp, the Democratic Party candidate, reported $2,125 in contributions that included donations from the Rockingham County Democratic Committee, Harrisonburg attorney Gene Hart, several retirees, auto dealer Bruce Elder, James Madison University employee Joseph Fitzgerald and Howard Brown, a contract administrator with the Alexandria consulting firm Arrowpoint Corp. Sharp spent $2,269 during the period and reported an ending balance of $142.

Board of Supervisors:
District 2 Supervisor Steven A. Baker is seeking a third term as the Republican Party candidate. Michael N. Wakeman is running as an independent candidate.

Baker reported $5,535 in contributions that included $1,950 in donations of more than $100. Contributions came from Lauren Bowman, risk manager with Bowman Fruit Sales in Timberville; Scott Derflinger, an engineer with Raytheon in Dulles; Christopher French, president of Shentel; James Matthews, a teacher at Massanutten Technical Center in Harrisonburg; and J. Daniel Walsh, senior vice president of government affairs with Valente and Associates and co-creator of Shenandoah County Parents’ Alliance for Strong Schools.

Baker spent $1,855 and reported an ending balance of $4,920.

Wakeman reported $295 in contributions including $200 from retiree W. Denman Zirkle. Wakeman spent $1,736 and reported an ending balance of $992.

District 3 Supervisor David Ferguson is running for a fourth term as the Republican Party candidate. Richard Walker is running as an independent.

Ferguson filed for an exemption to the campaign reporting requirements by promising to not take contributions and to spend no more than $1,000 of his own money.

Walker reported that he received no contributions nor did he spend any money during the period. Walker reported loaning his campaign $247. He had a balance of $352.

District 6 Supervisor Conrad Helsley is seeking another term as an independent candidate. S. John Massoud is running as the Republican Party candidate. Strasburg Town Councilman Robert B. “Bob” Baker and former councilwoman Sarah Mauck are running as independents. Baker, Helsley and Mauck received the reporting exemption.

Massoud reported $1,750 in contributions including $1,500 in donations of more than $100. Contributions came from his business, Dulles Airport Taxi, and Edinburg retiree John Riffee. Massoud spent $1,358 and had an ending balance of $6,191. Massoud also filed an additional document indicating he received a $1,000 contribution from Louise Huston of Alexandria on Oct. 9.

School Board
District 2 member R.L. “Rick” Koontz Jr. is seeking re-election. Barbara C. Bliss and Joanie B. Hovatter also are vying for the seat. Koontz and Hovatter received the exemption.

Bliss reported a contribution of $100. Bliss spent $380 and reported a balance of $196.

D. Roger Barbee, Cyndy D. Walsh, wife of Dan Walsh and co-creator of PASS, and Steve D. Wood are running for the District 3 seat on the School Board. Kathryn Holsinger is not seeking another term. Barbee and Cyndy Walsh filed for the exemption.

District 6 member Sonya L. Williams-Giersch is seeking another term. Van C. Holmes III is running for the seat. Both candidates filed for exemptions.

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