Some board hopefuls see increased campaign activity

WOODSTOCK – Candidates vying for seats on the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors collected and spent more campaign cash in the run up to the election.

Campaign finance reports filed with the Virginia Department of Elections or the Shenandoah County Office of Voter Registration and Elections showed activity from Oct. 1 through Thursday. Candidates’ next reports will cover the period the last week before the election through November.

District 1 Supervisor John R. “Dick” Neese is running for a fifth term on the board. Karen Kwiatkowski is vying for the seat.

Kwiatkowski reported that she received a total of $3,000 during the reporting period that consisted of $500 from Winchester hotel owner Chandresh Mehta; $500 from self-employed Roanoke resident C.J. Meidlinger; $1,000 from John Riffee, a retiree in Edinburg; and $1,000 from Edinburg farmer Michael Wakeman.

Kwiatkowski spent almost $2,409 during the period and reported a balance of $1,762. She has raised $5,094 and spent $3,332 this election cycle.

Neese reported that his campaign received $750 from the Valley Political Action Committee based in Harrisonburg. Neese also reported a contribution of $500 from John Daniel Walsh with the Washington, D.C.-based lobbying firm Farragut Partners. Walsh also serves as the co-founder of Shenandoah County Parents Alliance for Strong Schools. Neese reported four, unitemized contributions of $100 totaling $210. Neese spent $671 during the reporting period and reported a balance of almost $1,431. Neese has raised $4,018, including a $500 loan, and spent $2,587 this election cycle.

District 4 Supervisor Cindy Bailey seeks a second term on the board. Karl Roulston is vying for the seat.

Bailey reported that she received two, unitemized cash contributions totaling $125 and in-kind donations valued at almost $89, the latter included in her expenditures during the period. She spent a total of $1,668 in the period and reported a balance of almost $1,446. Bailey has raised roughly $4,619 and spent nearly $3,174 this election cycle.

Roulston reported receiving $3,816 during the period that included $500 from retired Woodstock resident Joyce French and $200 from Skyline Construction and Development owner Terry Gochenour. Roulston, an engineer with his firm Regulus Group LLC, contributed $3,000 of his own money to the campaign. He covered an in-kind contribution of $16 with his own money. Roulston also received two, unitemized contributions totaling $100.

Roulston spent roughly $3,748 and reported a balance of $1,162 at the end of the reporting period. He has raised $19,016 and spent almost $17,854 so far this election cycle.

District 5 Supervisor Marsha Shruntz seeks a second term on the board. Dennis Morris is vying for the seat.

Morris’ campaign received $7,392 in contributions. Direct contributions totaling $3,010 included $100 from Edinburg resident Jonathan Nateghi Asli who works as a teacher for Montgomery County Schools in Maryland; $500 from Robert Wayne Rosenberger and Rosenberger Farms LLC in Toms Brook; $150 from Kim E. Uhl, chief executive officer of TMA Net Inc., based in Manassas; $750 from the Valley Political Action Committee; $250 from Abby Lee Walters with Sager Real Estate; $60 from retired Edinburg residents John and Betty Ayers; $150 from Frank and Nancy Barnett, with Edinburg-based Industrial Maintenance Solutions Inc.; $250 from Shenandoah County Sheriff Timothy C. Carter; $500 from Dennis Dysart, president and chief operating officer of First Bank, and his wife Stephanie; $100 from William Todd Holtzman, owner of Holtzman Propane in Mount Jackson; $50 from Toms Brook farmer Glenn E. Keller; and $150 from retired Fort Valley resident Eugenia Kemble.

Morris reported in-kind contributions valued at $500 from Baker Farms and District 2 Supervisor Steve Baker; $1,000 from North Mountain Vineyard and Brad Foster; and $602 from Walsh. Morris also reported 35 unitemized contributions of $100 or less totaling $2,280.

Morris spent $5,146 during the period and reported $7,302 left in his campaign coffers. He raised $13,543 and spent $7,142 this election cycle.

Shruntz reported her campaign received $1,000 from Michael Wakeman and an unitemized contribution of $25. She spent roughly $720 and reported a balance of $1,977 at the end of the period. Shruntz has raised $3,955 and spent $1,978 this election cycle.

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