Nansemond candidates biggest council spenders

Published 10:59 pm Thursday, October 16, 2008

The race for the Nansemond Borough seat on the City Council appears hotly contested, judging by the campaign finance reports. Trisha James, who is running against incumbent Leroy Bennett for the seat, spent more in September than the candidates for the Whaleyville and Sleepy Hole seats combined.

For the mayor’s seat, Roger Leonard turned in his campaign finance report Thursday morning, the day after the deadline for that report. He received a $100 contribution from David Lotz, a Suffolk ophthalmologist.

Write-in candidate Deborah Wahlstrom, who filed her report before the deadline, gave herself more than $2,000 worth of in-kind contributions for campaign materials. Wahlstrom’s numbers were not available yesterday, because reports filed electronically are not available until the next day.

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Bennett, who raised about $3,600 this period, took $1,000 of it from Cloverleaf Development, based in Chesapeake, and from Lesley Davis, a developer who lives in Virginia Beach. James received just $150 this period, but spent the most of any council candidate — $1,336 — on yard signs and door hangers.

After the Nansemond candidates, Rob Barclay – unchallenged candidate for the Sleepy Hole seat – spent the most money, more than two-thirds of it on consulting services.

The candidates for the Whaleyville Borough came in last in the spending category. Curtis Milteer Sr., the incumbent, accepted money from Hampton Roads Realtors, a professional association for Realtors based in Chesapeake.

Jay Quigley, his challenger, received the least total donations during the period, getting only $42 in September.

For information on the School Board candidates, check Saturday’s Suffolk News-Herald.