PARKERSBURG - A former Wood County prosecutor and Charleston City Council member who ran an unsuccessful campaign for county commissioner was the top spender, according to the latest financial statement filed by the candidates.
This is the post-general financial report due Dec. 19. It is the last financial statement required to be filed for the election cycle report period.
Total contributions reported on Harry Deitzler's most recent statement total year-to-date was $54,580, with total expenditures year-to-date of $53,539. The latest financial report lists contributions from Mark Dalton of $200, Susan Fletcher, $200 and the candidate of $21,015.
Blair Couch, who was re-elected to his commission seat, reported total year-to-date total contributions of $34,370 and expenses to date of a like amount.
Contributions listed on the most recent financial report were David Couch, $69.17; Dan Dowling, $25; William and Jean Ambrose, $100; Barbara Brooker, $100, and Christopher Baker, $250. Other contributors listed on the latest statement include Mid-Ohio Valley Carpenters Union, $500; Kimberley Couch, $1,000, and Jane Couch, $500.
Ken Merritt, the successful sheriff's candidate, reported year-to-date total contributions of $7,420 and total expenses of $6,460.
Contributors listed on this last statement included Helen Tranquill, $200; Marcie Tranquill, $50; Debria, Dominic, Babcock and India Merritt, $240, and Walt Barber, $100.
Jeff Sandy, who lost his re-election bid for sheriff, reported spending $32,394 with total contributions reported of $36,176.
Sandy's statement lists a loan of $2,936 from himself.
Disbursements of excess funds to the American Legion Post 15 of $550 and House to Home (homeless shelter) for $500 were on the report.
Debbie Hendershot, magistrate candidate, listed contributions totaling $2,931 and expenses of $2,975.
Magistrate candidate Barry Murphy reported $6,515 in contributions and a total of $6,455 in total expenses. Murphy listed a loan from himself of $740 still outstanding.
Magistrate-elect Joe Kuhl reported a total of $3,145 in contributions to date and $3,145 in expenses. He reported one contribution for this reporting period of $35 from Sharon Kuhl.
Magistrate Brenda Marshall, who was re-elected to another term, listed contributions to date of $3,246 and expenditures of $2,326. Her report listed contributions from Dave Poling of $200 and herself of $79.
Prosecutor Jason Wharton, who was unopposed in his re-election bid for office, reported $966 in contributions and expenses.
Assessor Rich Shaffer, who was also unopposed in his quest for re-election, listed a total of $448 for contributions and expenses.