Pre-candidates file campaign finance reports

CHARLESTON — Pre-candidates for the House of Delegates in Wood County have filed their 2019 second quarter campaign finance reports with the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office.

The report, filed online, covers the period from March 30 to June 30 and was due Monday.

In the 10th District, Delegate John Kelly, Republican, reported contributions of $500 and no expenditures. The $500 contribution was from the Celgene Corp. Political Action Committee from Summit, N.J. Celgene is a health care company.

Also in the 10th District Republicans Roger Conley and incumbents Vernon Criss and Tom Azinger reported no contributions or expenditures.

Conley is a Vienna city councilman who was appointed chairman of the Wood County Republican Party following the removal of the chairman last month by state GOP Chairman Melody Potter.

Criss, who won a term in the House in the 1988 election, was elected to the House in 2016 and 2018.

Azinger, who served 20 years in the House from 1995 to 2015, was appointed to the House in 2018 following the death of Frank Deem. He won election to a full term in November.

In District 9, which covers the southerly portion of Wood County and all of Wirt County, Republican Charles F. Little, Davisville, reported contributions of $100 from Lewis Rexroad of Wood County and a $200 loan Little made to his campaign.

Little reported expenditures of $127.20 to Signs by Dan of Cross Lanes, W.Va.

Little was appointed to the House of Delegates in May to succeed Ray Hollen, who resigned for job reasons.

Statewide, former delegate Scott Brewer, a Democrat from New Haven running in House District 13, reported contributions of $31,104, the most among all pre-candidates for the House of Delegates. District 13 covers parts of Jackson, Putnam and Mason counties.

On the Senate side, Eric Nelson, a Republican member of the House of Delegates who filed as a pre-candidate for 17th Senatorial District in Kanawha County, raised $89,130 in contributions. Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, raised $62,750.

Pre-candidacy filings allow a person to raise money without committing to an office. The candidate filing period for office starts Jan. 13.