A closer look at campaign spending of House of Delegates candidates

MORGANTOWN — The five-seat House of Delegates 51st District currently contains three Democrats and two Republicans.

In the primary, six Democrats are seeking to move on to November. One of them has done no fundraising or spending so far, while two are far ahead of the rest of the pack, moneywise.

Four Republicans are running and all will move on. As a group, they have smaller war chests than their Democrat rivals.

Dollar figures come from the candidates’ pre-primary reports, covering the period of March 31-April 22.

Democrats

Incumbent Barbara Evans Fleischauer has the biggest war chest of any area House candidate.

This period, she raised $4,320 in contributions and $6,610 at a Morgantown fundraiser, putting the total at $10,930. She spent $3,389.14, leaving a balance of $25,518.15.

Her totals for the election season to date were $34,875.43 raised and $27,045.18 spent.

In 2016, Evan Hansen missed gaining the district’s fifth seat by just 37 votes, edged out by his Democratic colleague Rodney Pyles. His campaign account is second only to Fleischauer’s

This period, he raised $7,872 and spent $2,942.68.leaving a balance of $23,776.60. His totals for the season were far above anyone’s, with $28,695.48 raised and $8,617.07 spent.

In contrast, Cory Kennedy has raised and spent nothing.

Incumbent Pyles raised $5,200 this period and spent $1,277.54, leaving $5,235.46 in his account. His totals: $6,700 raised, $1,464.54 spent.

Danielle Walker raised $3,730 this period and spent just $128.36. She also reports $71.67 in-kind. Her balance was $7,008.95.

To date, her totals were $15,351.67 raised and $4,799.74 spent.

Incumbent John Williams raised $3,130 this period and spent $2,522.69, leaving a balance of $2,138.37. His totals: $8,770 raised, $7,024.16 spent.

Republicans

The combined end-of-period balances of all four candidates was less than the individual balances of Fleischauer, Hansen or Pyles, and only slightly higher than Williams.

Incumbent Cindy Frich raised $2,200 this period and spent just $304.29, leaving a balance of $1,895.71. Her totals: $4,400 raised, $608.58 spent.

Roger Shuttlesworth raised noting this period and spent $100, leaving a reported negative balance of $55.36.

However, his prior report contains errors through double-counting that period’s contributions and spending. He reports his total contributions to date as $500 when it was actually $250. He reports his total spending to date as $510.72, when it was actually $305.36.

The errors to some degree cancel each other out, so his reported deficit of $55.36 is correct.

Incumbent Joe Statler raised just $250 this period, and spent $2,741.08, leaving a balance of $848.92. His totals to date: $5,550 raised, $4,701.08 spent.

Debbie Warner, wife of Secretary of State Mac Warner, has raised and spent nothing.

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