PARKERSBURG - A candidate who spent nearly $26,000 for the West Virginia House of Delegates was the high spender among the 2012 legislative campaigns in Wood County.
Denzil "Buddy" Malone reported expenses of $25,901 and contributions of $32,365 for the year, according to the post general election financial disclosures due Wednesday with the West Virginia Secretary of State.
Malone, a Democrat, was defeated by incumbent Republican Delegate Bill Anderson, who was first elected to the 8th District in 1992. Malone lives in Williamstown and is a service representative for millwrights Local 1755.
The post general report covers from Oct. 27 to Dec. 19.
Malone for the period reported contributions of $1,000 from the Committee to Elect Keith Hughes and $400 from sheetmetal Local 33 in Clarksburg. Hughes was a 2012 candidate for the House of Delegates District 4 in Marshall County and lost in the primary election on the Democratic ticket to Mike Ferro and David Sidropolis.
Anderson reported contributions for the year of $9,576 and expenditures of $8,531.
Also filing a disclosure in the 8th District was Bob Buchanan, an independent, who reported expenses of $496 and expenditures of $475.
Malone spent the most money among legislative candidates in Wood County.
Incumbent Democrat Delegate Dan Poling in the 10th District raised the most money, $42,680 for the year. He spent $20,528.
For the period, Poling listed contributions of $1,000 from Keith Hughes, $600 from the sheetmetal Local 33, $500 from Jeremy Jacobs, the communication workers and West Virginia Optometric Association, $450 from Ohio Valley Physicians and Surgeons of Parkersburg and $300 from the West Virginia Hospital Association PAC.
In the 9th District, Democrat James Marion reported expenses and contributions of $2,975 for the election year. He lost to Delegate Anna Border, incumbent Republican, who reported expenses of $7,953 and contributions of $15,100 for the year.
For the period, Border reported contributions of $150 from the West Virginia Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, $250 from the West Virginia Realtors Political Action Committee, $250 from BB&T and $100 from Steve Powell and Burton Reed.
In the 10th District, incumbent Republican John Ellem spent $16,929 and raised $30,462.
He reported contributions in the period of $500 from First Energy, $400 from sheetmetal Local 33 and $300 from the DuPont Good Government Fund.
Incumbent Delegate Tom Azinger, Republican, reported contributions of $6,700 and expenditures of $7,883.
Poling, Ellem and Azinger won re-election in the four-man race for the district. Republican Dr. Fred Gillespie, who came in fourth for three positions in the 10th District, spent $4,219 and raised $5,019.
In other races from the region, Democrat Michael Bright for the 4th District of the West Virginia Senate raised $62,569 and spent $64,230. Bright lost to Republican Mitch Carmichael, who was in the House of Delegates.
Carmichael reported contributions of $33,836 and expenditures of $30,682.
For the House of Delegates 6th District in Tyler County, Democrat Charles Delauder raised $4,412 and spent $4,410. A report from Republican Wm. Roger Romine, who won, was unavailable.