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Write-in candidate in Berkeley Co. sheriff's contest outspends opponents

October 08, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com
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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — An official write-in candidate in the 2012 election for Berkeley County sheriff has easily outspent his opponents, as well as candidates vying for other county offices on this year’s ballot, according to campaign financial statements filed last month.

From the beginning of the year through Sept. 28, John Orem reported spending $26,982, according to his first campaign financial statement for the Nov. 6 general election.

Orem, who was narrowly defeated in the primary election by James W. Barbour III for the Republican Party’s nomination for sheriff, reported spending about $22,000 on his campaign after the May vote, according to his financial statements.

Barbour, meanwhile, has reported spending $1,848 so far this year on his campaign, according to his first general election campaign financial statement. Barbour finished with 2,777 votes, ahead of Orem’s 2,751, in the primary election

Democratic incumbent Kenneth “Kenny” Lemaster Jr. reported spending $6,087 so far on his bid for re-election, according to his first financial statement for the general election.

Carlton “Cootsie” DeHaven, who joined the race this summer as an independent third-party candidate, reported spending $2,546, according to his financial statement.

A registered Republican, DeHaven did not run for sheriff in the primary election and was required to submit petition signatures to become a candidate in the race. DeHaven was defeated by Lemaster for sheriff in 2008.

Among three candidates vying for two seats on County Council, Republican James R. Barnhart reported spending $8,189 since the beginning of the year, well ahead of Elaine C. Mauck, who reported $2,903 in expenditures last month and Democrat Mark T. Barney, who reported $3,312, according to their campaign financial statements.

In the only other contested race for a county office, Republican Larry Hess reported a total of $3,567 in spending year to date in his bid to become the county’s next assessor, according to his financial statement.

Democrat Shawn Conaughty reported no expenditures other than the $448 filing fee to run for the elected office, according to his financial statements.

Hess was the only county candidate to miss the Sept. 28 deadline for filing first general campaign financial statements, according to the voter registration division of Berkeley County Clerk John W. Small Jr.’s office. His report was filed Oct. 2, according to Small’s office.

All candidates for elected office in West Virginia are expected to file one more campaign financial statement by Oct. 26 and a final general election financial statement by Dec. 19, according to the Secretary of State’s office.

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