Most GOP candidates raised more in local races
FRONT ROYAL – Most Republican candidates in local Warren County races raised and spent their way to victory in the Nov. 3 election.
Candidates were required to file their campaign finance reports to the local voter registrar or to the Department of Elections by Dec. 3 to reflect activity that occurred Oct. 22-Nov. 26. Some candidates had filed for the reporting exemption agreeing to neither take contributions nor spend more than $1,000 of their own money.
Board of Supervisors
Voters in the Shenandoah District elected Thomas H. Sayre to succeed Richard Traczyk on the Board of Supervisors. Sayre, a former Front Royal Town Councilman, fended off challengers Dee Schools and Ralph Rinaldi.
Sayre raised $10,365 and spent all but $1,322. Sayre spent about $2,400 in the last period and reported no direct contributions.
Rinaldi, formerly affiliated with the Warren County Republican Committee, raised $9,716 and spent all but about $288. Rinaldi reported contributions totaling $725 that included a $200 donation from Warren County retiree Ben Weddle in the last period. Rinaldi spent $1,010 during the period.
Schools raised $1,133 and spent all but $57. Schools received contributions totaling $296 in the last period and she spent $331.
Voters in the North River District re-elected Daniel J. Murray Jr., who ran for a second term on the Republican Party ticket. Former Front Royal Town Councilman N. Shae Parker ran for the office as the Democratic Party candidate.
Murray raised $10,369 and spent all but $52. Murray received $550 in contributions in the last period that included a $200 donation from Commonwealth’s Attorney Brian Madden. Murray spent $2,735 in the last period. Murray also reported his refund of a $250 contribution from the North Warren Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department.
Parker raised $4,321 and spent all but $45. Parker received $391 in contributions in the final period, $250 of which came from retired Falls Church resident Peter Millspaugh.
South River District Supervisor Linda P. Glavis ran unopposed for another term. Glavis reported that she spent $150 of her own money on the campaign.
Circuit Court Clerk
Front Royal Town Councilman Daryl Funk won election to serve as the county’s next circuit court clerk, replacing Jennifer Sims who did not seek another term. Middleburg Town Clerk Rhonda S. North also ran for the position as an independent candidate. Funk ran for the Republican Party.
Funk raised $26,773 and spent all but $1,331 during the campaign season. Funk raised $1,800 in the last period but also spent $10,395. Contributions in the last period came from local developer Larry Andrews, several area law firms and attorneys, Sims, businessman Dominic Repici, Electoral Board member William L. Hammack, School Board member Arnold Williams Jr., Department of Motor Vehicles employee Matthew Wells and the Warren County Republican Committee. Many of the same contributors helped to bankroll Funk’s campaign throughout the season. Funk also reported a $20 donation to the Woodstock Rotary Foundation he made after the election.
North raised and spent $17,885. North received $3,589 in contributions and spent $476 in the last period.
Commissioner of Revenue
Commissioner of Revenue Sherry Sours ran for re-election and her first, 4-year term. François Flippen ran for the office as the Republican Party candidate.
Flippen raised $11,807 and spent all of it by the end of the campaign season. Flippen spent $1,830 during the last reporting period.
Sours raised $5,352 and spent all but $930. Sours spent $2,194 in the last period.
Donna L. McEathron and Shawn McClosky ran for the South River District seat on the School Board. McEathron won to succeed Joanne Cherefko who contributed to her campaign.
McEathron raised $3,308 and spent all but $315. She received $418 in the last period, then included a $200 contribution from Front Royal doctor Anthony Toth. McEathron spent $943.
McClosky gave $839 of his own money to his campaign and spent the entire amount.
Arnold Williams Jr. ran unopposed for the North River District seat on the School Board. Williams reported that he received $300 in contributions and spent all but $73, which he paid out as surplus to Robert Morrison for helping at the polls.
C. Douglas Rosen ran unopposed for the Shenandoah District seat on the School Board and spent $300 of his own money on the campaign.
Madden ran unopposed for another term. Madden filed for the exemption from the reporting requirements, meaning that he agreed to not take contributions nor spend more than $1,000 of his own money on the campaign. Madden gave himself $945, reported as a contribution, and spent almost all that amount, the remainder of which he donated to Saint Luke Community Clinic.
Sheriff Daniel T. McEathron ran unopposed for another term. He raised $2,475 this cycle and spent all but $165.
Treasurer Wanda F. Bryant ran unopposed for another term. Bryant spent the $600 she gave to or loaned her campaign.
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