Candidates disclose 2018 finance reports

PARKERSBURG — An incumbent for the 10th District in the West Virginia House of Delegates has raised the most money so far in the 2018 campaign for the statehouse.

Delegate John Kelly of Parkersburg, running in the Republican primary, reported contributions of $14,831 and expenditures of $707.

Major contributors to the Kelly campaign were $1,000 from Steve and Deb Mohwish of the Dixie Bar and Grill in Parkersburg, G. Casey Hill of Huntington, beverage distributor Vincent Dannunzio of Clarksburg, $750 from the Celgene Corp. PAC of Summit, N.J., and $500 each from MERCK PAC, DTE Energy PAC of Detroit, Paul and Kami Astorg of the Astorg Motor Co., TransCanada, James Waugh of the Capitol Beverage Co. in Charleston, Judy and Gary Sheppard of Professional Services of America Business, James McCutcheon of Parkersburg, GOPAC of Charleston, Dominion Political Action Committee, Robert and Annette Fehrenbacher with Chemours, First Energy, American Electric Power, T.R. and Sallie Hathaway with Superior Auto in Parkersburg and Timothy and Monica Matheny with the Matheny Auto Group, and $300 from the West Virginia Car Dealers.

Kelly also reported numerous contributions of less than $250 that totaled $3,175.

The first primary campaign financial reports were due Friday with the West Virginia Secretary of State. The next report is the pre-primary disclosures due April 27.

All filings are now done online through the new campaign reporting system, Steve Adams, a spokesman for the Secretary of State, said.

Democrat Andy Daniel in the 10th District reported contributions of $5,000 and no expenditures. Major contributors to the Daniel campaign were $1,000 each from the West Virginia Millwrights PAC in Parkersburg, the Carpenters Legislative Improvement Committee, North Central West Virginia Carpenters Local of Clarksburg, Mid-Ohio Valley West Virginia Carpenters PAC of Broadway, W.Va., West Virginia Appalachian Council Laborers’ District Council of Charleston.

Democrat Harry Deitzler in the 10th District reported contributions of $4,200, $100 of that in in-kind donations, and expenditures of $1,965. Major contributors to the campaign were $1,000 each from himself, attorney Kent Carper of Charleston, former Wood County Clerk Jamie Six and Antoinette Bee of the Hubbard House Healthcare/Medical.

Republican incumbent Delegate Vernon Criss in the 10th District reported contributions of $1,800 and expenditures of $130. Major contributors of $500 each were the Merck Employees PAC, Guy Spriggs of Campbell, S.C., and Jane Waugh of Charleston.

Republican James Erlandson in the 10th District reported contributions of $1,550 and expenditures of $1,008. He contributed $1,450 to himself.

Republican Matthew Doddrill in the 10th District reported in-kind contributions of $600 from Scott Heckert of Parkersburg and expenditures of $177.

Incumbent Republican J. Frank Deem reported contributions of $350 and expenditures of $120.

A campaign report was waived for Democrat J. Morgan Leach in the 10th District primary, Adams said. Libertarian candidate Michael Hess for the 10th District has not filed a report, according to the Secretary of State’s reporting system.

Incumbent Delegate Bill Anderson, Republican, in the 8th District reported contributions of $3,250 and expenditures of $100. Major contributors of $1,000 each were from American Electric Power, G. Casey Hill of Huntington and the Dominion Political Action Committee.

Democrat David Bland in the 8th District reported contributions of $600 and expenditures of $19.56. His major contributor was the Mid-Ohio Valley Carpenters Political Action Committee of Bridgeport for $500.

In the 9th District, Republican incumbent Delegate Ray Hollen reported contributions of $1,050 and no expenditures. He listed five contributors of $250 or less.

James Marion, Democrat in the 9th District, reported contributions of $75 and expenditures of $251.

Republican Michael Azinger, running for re-election in the 3rd Senatorial District, reported contributions of $4,200 and expenditures of $941. Major contributors were $1,000 each from businessman Steven Mohwish of Parkersburg and Murray Energy, $500 from lobbyist Paul Hardesty, Express Scripts, Chandler Swope and TransCanada.

Simon Hargus, Democratic candidate for the 3rd District, reported $9,348 in contributions and $6,760 in expenditures for the reporting period. Hargus reported several contributions of less than $250, but most of the contributions were from himself and family.

A report also will be waived for Democrat James Leach in the 3rd District, Adams said.

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