PARKERSBURG – A candidate for the West Virginia Senate District 4 in Jackson County is the top earner for contributions so far this election cycle, according to the latest campaign financial disclosures filed with the West Virginia secretary of state.
Former Jackson County sheriff, Fourth District West Virginia Senate candidate Michael Bright, a Democrat, reported contributions of $25,171 and expenditures of $8,120.
Bright has reported $500 and $1,000 contributions from the West Virginia Association of Realtors, the Mason, Jackson, Roane Labor Council, Scott S. Segal, the Plumbers and Pipefitters, Communications Workers of America District 2, the carpenters and steelworkers locals, William Rectenwald, the AFL-CIO, the American Federation of Teachers, the West Virginia Troopers Association, Ann A. Parker, the west Virginia Appalachian Laborers District Council, Building and Construction Trades, Regional Council of Carpenters, Friends for Facemyer, the United Mine Workers of America, Bonita L. Shepard.
In the primary, he defeated Marla Ingels who raised contributions and expenditures of $1,440.
Bright opposes Republican Mitch Carmichael in the general election. Unopposed in the primary, Carmichael raised $14,700 and spent $1,298.
Contributors in the $500 to $1,000 class include the West Virginia Car Dealers, the Chamber of Commerce, State Farm, Merck Co. PAC, Enterprise Holdings, the contractors association, the realtors association, WESPAC, Consol Energy and JK Legislative Service.
In Wood County in the campaign for the 10th House District, Republican incumbent John Ellem has raised the most money so far among local candidates,
Ellem, a Parkersburg attorney, has raised $18,362 for the cycle. He reported expenditures of $887 and raised $300 for the period.
Post primary disclosures were due Tuesday to cover the period from May 21. State candidates file with the secretary of state.
The next report is due Sept. 28.
Not far behind Ellem in the 10th District is incumbent Democrat Dan Poling, who has raised $18,155. Poling has spent $4,449.
Poling listed contributions of $4,900 for the period. The $1,000 contributors were the West Virginia Asbestos Workers, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
Also running in the 10th District are incumbent Republican Tom Azinger and Republican Dr. Fred Gillespie. Azinger listed contributions of $4,998 for the cycle while Gillespie reported contributions of $1,769.
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