MORGANTOWN — Candidates for new House of Delegates seats representing Preston, Marion and Taylor counties are looking ahead to November’s general election.
Meanwhile, here is a look at their campaign finances from the days leading up to the May 10 primary and into last month. The numbers come from their Second Quarter Reports, covering April 25 through June 30.
Republican George Street and Democrat JR Wolfe were unopposed in the primary. Terri Sypolt, 52nd District incumbent, is retiring.
Street opened the period with $14,421.91 and did no fundraising this period. His revenue derives from a $25,000 loan he made to his campaign in 2021. He spent $152.64, leaving a balance of $19,269.27. His total election year spending was $5,730.73.
Wolfe opened this period with $2,774.81, and did no fundraising or spending. His year-to-date spending was $275.19
Lisa Hyre is the sole Democrat. Incumbent Republican Buck Jennings defeated challenger Brian Harris with 1,867 votes (71.81%) to Harris’ 733 (28.9%).
Hyre opened with a campaign fund balance of $1,150 and spent nothing. She had spent nothing year-to-date.
Jennings opened with $3,300.60 and raised $600 — $100 from a fellow GOP delegate and $500 from a PAC. He spent $6 on bank service fees, leaving a balance of $3,894.60. His year-to-date spending was $384.
Harris filed no report, indicating he did not raise or spend enough to require filing. His financial summary shows he gave his campaign $131.69 and spent all of it on advertising.
John Palmer is the sole Democrat. Republican challenger Mike DeVault defeated incumbent Guy Ward with 898 votes (54.56%) to Ward’s 748 (45.44%).
Palmer opened this period with $7,910 and raised another $105. He spent $163.98, leaving a balance of $7,851.02. His year-to-date spending was $356.99.
DeVault began the period with $8,014.05, and raised and spent nothing during the period. His total spending for the election year was $2,635.95.
Ward opened the period with a balance of $15,573.36 and raised $7,500 — all but $200 from PACs. He also received a $250 fund transfer from a fellow GOP delegate. He spent $10,470.30, leaving a balance of $12,853.06. His year-to-date spending was $28,125.52.
Incumbent Republican Phil Mallow and Democrat Stephanie Tomana were unchallenged in the primary.
Mallow opened the period with $3,800 and raised another $300 from individuals. He spent $134.16, leaving a balance of $3,965.84. His year-to-date spending was $234.16.
Tomana opened the period with $7,086. She raised $530.01 — all from individuals except 1 cent in apparent credit union income reported as a donation, along with 11 cents in credit union dividends. She spent $996.68, leaving a balance of $6,619.64. Her year-to-date spending was $1,280.68.
Incumbent Democrat Joey Garcia was unchallenged in the primary. On the Republican side, Jon Dodds edged Toby Heaney, with 513 votes (50.24%) to Heaney’s 508 (49.76%).
Garcia opened the period with $28,835.99 and raised $5,877 from individuals and three PACs. He spent $458.77, leaving a balance of $34,254.22. His year-to-date spending was $1,329.21.
Dodds opened with $437.66 and received one donation of $40 from an individual. He spent $242.50, leaving a balance of $235.16. His spending year-to-date was $1,208.76.
Heaney opened with $211.06 and raised nothing. He spent $25, leaving a balance of $186.06. His report also shows an outstanding $3,000 loan from himself to his campaign fund. His spending year-to-date was $3,800.70.
Incumbent Republican Amy Summers and former Democrat Delegate Mike Manypenny were unchallenged in the primary.
Summers, current House majority leader, opened the period with $25,312.96. She raised $750 from two PACs and spent $367.20, which included a $109.20 mileage reimbursement to herself. Her closing balance was $25,695.76 and her spending year-to-date was $404.24.
Manypenny did not file a report for this period. His summary shows total fundraising of $3,705.83 — with $3,700 coming from PACs — and spending of $742.04, leaving a balance of $3,263.81.
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