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Jefferson County candidates file campaign spending reports

October 12, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — In his bid to be re-elected to a second term as Jefferson County Sheriff, Robert E. “Bobby” Shirley appears to have vastly outspent his Republican opponent Earl Ballenger as well as candidates vying for other county offices on this year’s ballot, according to campaign financial statements.

Shirley, who had an opponent in the Democratic Primary election in May, has reported $13,507 in spending through Sept. 28, according to his first campaign financial statement for the Nov. 6 election.

Republican Earl Ballenger, who did not have an opponent in May, reported $500 in spending last month, according to his statement.

Shirley reported $14,690 in contributions and Ballenger reported $5,321, according to their respective campaign statements.

In the County Commission race, Democratic incumbent Frances B. Morgan reported $16,355 in contributions, but only spent $3,379 through Sept. 28, according to her report.

Morgan’s Republican opponent, Jane M. Tabb, who had opponent in the May primary election, reported $4,580 in contributions and a $2,000 loan through Sept. 27, according to her report.

Tabb had reported spending $7,616, according to her report.

In the only other contested race for an elected county office, Democratic incumbent Assessor Angela L. Banks reported $644 in contributions and her Republican opponent, Gary Dungan reported $448 in contributions last month, according to their respective reports.

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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