VPAP has the latest campaign finance filings for Prince William County. Here are some interesting nuggets:
Chairman’s race – Corey Stewart holds a more than 2-1 cash on-hand advantage ($217,246 to $102,491) over Babur Lateef going into the final six weeks of the election with independent John Gray a non-factor with just $884 in the bank. The only bright spot for Lateef (other than Paul Ebert’s continued cover-up of the criminal investigation into his personal finances) is that he outraised Stewart by $1,200 between Aug. 11 and Aug. 31. But wait! It seems that the man who lost his home to foreclosure was able to pump another $10,000 into his own campaign on Aug. 31 in order to boost his anemic fundraising totals. I still can’t believe that Ebert is such a political hack that he would sacrifice his own reputation to try and save Lateef, which even barring this scandal would be a hopeless task. All the more reason to write in Ham Sandwich for Commonwealth’s Attorney on Nov. 8.
Brentsville Supervisor – Wally Covington spent a total of $117,963 this year in beating back a strong challenge from Jeanine Lawson by a margin of 52-48. Lawson spent just $26,144 between April 1 and the Aug. primary, nearly overcoming a more than 4-1 cash disadvantage. Covington is unopposed in the general.
Coles Supervisor – Marty Nohe cruised to 74%-26% primary victory in a vastly reshaped Coles District, spending $43,131 and entering the general election with $31,360 still in the bank. His Democrat opponent in November has raised just $1,750 and has only $905 set aside for the general election.
Gainesville Supervisor – Peter Candland survived a five-way primary in this heavily GOP district, spending just under $42K to win 43% of the vote and capture the nod by 10 points. He entered September with just over $4,300 in his campaign account, but look for that to be quickly replenished. The Democrat has $22K entering the final stretch, but $15K of that is in loans and somehow one’s own money doesn’t get spent as quickly as other people’s money.
Neabsco Supervisor – John Jenkins is unopposed and sitting on $59,074. Unlike Paul Ebert, Jenkins isn’t sticking his neck out for Lateef. In fact, Jenkins has only donated $350 to Sen. George Barker’s reelection campaign, $100 to Del. Rev. Luke Torian’s reelection and $100 to the PWC wingnuts, I mean Democrat Party.
Occoquan Supervisor – Mike May is also unopposed and has $28,638 in his account. I understand that he is being very supportive of Chris Royse’s campaign in the Woodbridge District and has pledged a significant contribution to Royse and will be involved in a big fundraiser for him. With John Stirrup leaving the Board at the end of this year, look for May to fully take on the role that Stirrup played as the taxpayers’ champion and most thoughtful member of the BOCS.
Potomac Supervisor – Another unopposed race, Maureen Caddigan has $40,762 in her campaign coffers. She has been a very vocal critic of Woodbridge Supervisor Frank Principi and has been seen publicly supporting Royse. We will be keeping an eye open to make sure that she actually puts a good chunk of this money where her mouth is. Anything less than A $5K contribution to Royse would certainly bring her commitment into question.
Woodbridge Supervisor – Frank Principi faces a rematch with his 2007 opponent Chris Royse. Principi is the only endangered incumbent on the Board this November and the latest finance reports confirm that. Principi enters the home stretch with only $7,128 in his bank account and there won’t be any $17K transfer of campaign funds from his predecessor Hilda Barg to save him this time. While Royse ended August with just about $1,500 in his account, over the past three weeks he has been lining up donations from business leaders in the district, setting up some high profile fundraising events sure to bring in the cash, and knocking on plenty of doors (something the rotund Principi is averse to doing lest they be slammed in his face and he be forced to waddle away out of breath.) Watch for Royse to come on strong in these final six weeks.