Post-primary campaign financial statements are in, spending varied

June 30, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD |
  • Berkeley County sheriff candidate John Orem, who reported campaign expenditures last month totaling more than $22,000 in June, was defeated by James W. Barbour III, who reported spending little more than $1,200 to win the GOP nomination.
By Matthew Umstead

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — John Orem spent more than $22,000 in his campaign to be Berkeley County’s next sheriff, but was defeated in the May primary election by James W. Barbour III, who spent less than $1,500, according to campaign finance statements.

Barbour received 2,777 votes in his race against Orem who received 2,751, according to Berkeley County Clerk John W. Small’s office. Orem has filed to run in the general election as a write-in candidate.

A review of post-primary campaign financial statements, which were due June 19, indicates Orem spent more money this year than any other candidate in vying for elected office in Berkeley and Jefferson counties.

Berkeley County Sheriff Kenneth Lemaster, who defeated Democratic opponents Charles “Chip” O’Roke and Michael Cox II in the May election, reported spending more than $4,100. Cox reported spending more than $3,900, and O’Roke reported spending no money on his campaign.

Among other contested primary election races in Berkeley County, James R. Barnhart reported spending about $7,700 in his bid for county council, and Richard Dennis reported spending about $7,600 in an unsuccessful bid for assessor.

Larry Hess, Dennis’ opponent in the May election, reported spending about $750, according to his report.

Former county commissioner Steven C. Teufel reported about $4,700 in spending in an unsuccessful campaign for county council, and incumbent county Councilwoman Elaine Mauck reported about $2,900 in campaign spending.

In Jefferson County, Sheriff Robert E. “Bobby” Shirley reported spending about $8,200 in his bid to win another four-year term, while former sheriff Ed Boober, who was unsuccessful in his attempt to unseat Shirley, reported about $3,500 in expenditures.

In the county commission race between Jane Tabb and Reese Clabaugh, Tabb reported nearly $4,900 in expenditures and Clabaugh reported nearly $3,000, according to their respective reports.

Among contested races for seats in the state Legislature, Republican Pam Brush reported spending about twice as much as Michael “Mike” Folk, but was defeated in her bid for the GOP nomination in the 63rd House district.

Folk reported about $4,900 in campaign spending, while Brush reported about $10,600 in expenditures. Folk received 485 votes and Brush received 458 in the election, according to Small’s office.

Gary W. Kelley reported spending $8,300 in his unsuccessful campaign for the 60th House district seat. Larry W. Faircloth, who defeated Kelley in the Republican race, said Friday that he spent about $2,600, but had yet to file his post-primary report.

In Jefferson County’s 65th House district, Del. Tiffany Lawrence reported about $9,600 in expenditures. Lawrence’s primary election opponent, Rick Shuman, reported spending about $1,000 in his unsuccessful bid to unseat her.

In the 67th House district, Republican Elliot Simon reported about $1,400 in spending while his opponent, W. Matthew Harris, reported spending $100.

While not opposed in the primary election, state Sen. Herb Snyder, D-Jefferson/Berkeley, reported about $17,400 in expenditures, according to his report. Snyder’s opponent, Jim Ruland, reported nearly $1,600 in expenditures.

Martinsburg Mayor George Karos outspent opponents in his bid for fourth term

For the June 12 municipal election, Karos reported about $4,400 in expenditures in his successful bid for a fourth, four-year term, according to financial statements filed with Gena Long, the city’s recorder and chief election officer.

Michael Bochinski, Karos’ opponent in the election, reported spending about $1,100.

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