Challengers outpace incumbents

Published 8:46 pm Saturday, September 20, 2014

Challengers for three City Council seats are collecting and spending money at a faster clip than the incumbents, campaign finance reports filed this week reveal.

Leading the pack is Donald Goldberg, who’s challenging Councilman Charles Parr in a three-way race in the Suffolk borough. Goldberg has taken in $11,200 in contributions this period compared to Parr’s $1,400.

Parr still has managed to spend more, though, having spent more than $4,500 compared to Goldberg’s $3,890.

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The third person in the race, Kerry Holmes, has reported no contributions or expenditures.

The reports were filed Sept. 15 and include activity between July 1 and Aug. 31.

In the Holy Neck borough, challenger Timothy Johnson out-fundraised incumbent Jeffrey Gardy by more than 9 to 1. Johnson collected $3,394 compared to Gardy’s $360.

Johnson spent $3,400 compared to $100 for Gardy.

Collections and spending are a little closer in the Cypress borough race, though one challenger still is ahead of the incumbent.

Leroy Bennett has collected nearly $3,700 so far compared to $3,200 for Vice Mayor Charles Brown. Bennett is a former council member who was drawn out of his district and into Brown’s during the 2011-12 redistricting process.

Bennett has spent more, also, nearly $5,000 compared to about $3,500 for Brown.

A third candidate, Clinton Jenkins, collected $615 and spent $455 this period.

In the Chuckatuck borough, Councilman Mike Duman is the only incumbent not facing opposition. He reported no contributions or expenditures this period.

The below reports list the contributor and amount for itemized contributions, the amount of unitemized contributions (less than $100 from a single donor), expenses, and loans candidates gave themselves.

All amounts are rounded to the nearest dollar.

Chuckatuck

Mike Duman

No reported contributions

No reported expenditures

Cash on hand — $3,108

Cypress

Leroy Bennett

Itemized contributions

James Blair — $150

William and Carolyn Freeman — $250

Milton and Shirley Liverman — $500

Unitemized contributions — $2,525

Total contributions this period — $3,675

Expenditures

Department of Elections — voter data — $33

Pro Look Media — ad logo design and media — $1,200

Jobs4Us Inc. — copies, contribution letter — $243

Suffolk News-Herald — advertising — $3,000

Suffolk Parks and Recreation — Taste of Suffolk — $50

Major Signs — signs — $432

Total expenditures this period — $4,958

Loan from self — $1,000

Cash on hand — $1,290

Charles Brown

Itemized contributions

R and J Petro Inc. — $1,500

SBJ Hospitality Group Inc. — $1,500

Unitemized contributions — $200

Total contributions this period — $3,200

Expenditures

Delta Sigma Theta Inc. — scholarship donations — $300

Reaction Point Marketing — campaign supplies — $3,174

Total expenditures this period — $3,474

Loan from self — $800

Cash on hand — $1,821

Clinton Jenkins

Itemized contributions

Lionell Spruill Sr. — $350

Pamela Watford — $150

Unitemized cash contributions — $115

Total contributions this period — $615

Expenditures

Harland Clarke — checks — $15

Suffolk News-Herald — advertising — $100

Tabernacle Baptist Church — program ad — $20

Lue Ward — campaign literature — $20

Norfolk State University — advertising — $300

Total expenditures this period — $455

Cash on hand — $165

Holy Neck

Jeffrey Gardy

No itemized contributions

Unitemized contributions — $360

Total contributions this period — $360

Expenditures

Suffolk Publications LLC — advertising — $100

Total expenditures this period — $100

Cash on hand — $2,817

Timothy Johnson

Itemized contributions

James Blair — $150

Bosselman Farms Inc. — $250

Chris and Millicent Dove — $200

Linda and William Drummond — $200

James Hollleran — $200

Rex and Laverne Saunders — $300

Unitemized cash contributions — $2,094

Total contributions this period — $3,394

Expenditures

Department of Elections — voter list — $66

City of Suffolk — Taste of Suffolk space — $50

BB&T — service charge — $6

Copico — signs — $715

Copico — rack cards — $286

Signsonthecheap.com — signs — $1,302

Vistaprint.com — banner — $67

Denis Confer — labor to build signs — $335

Total expenditures this period — $2,828

Cash on hand — $1,225

Suffolk

Donald Goldberg

Itemized contributions

G. Robert Aston — $500

Robert N. Baker — $500

Judy Begland — $250

James M. Blair — $500

Robert A. Blair — $1,250

Douglas D. Ellis — $1,000

John L. Gibson — $1,000

Kay B. Goldberg — $500

John C. Harrell — $200

Marjorie R. McLemore — $250

John T. Rector — $350

Riddle Associates Inc. — $250

Ronald C. Ripley — $500

Dixon M. Rollins — $500

Jeffrey A. Saunders — $250

Sidney C. Thomas — $500

Tidewater Global LLC — $1,000

Unitemized cash contributions — $1,900

Total contributions this period — $11,200

Expenditures

Farmers Bank — bank charges — $18

Farmers Bank — checks — $18

DIA — newspaper advertising — $3,059

Department of Elections — voter list — $177

DIA — printing — $314

Multi Print — letters/envelopes — $275

Multi Print — quick stamp — $23

Expenditures this period — $3,884

Cash on hand — $7,416

Kerry Holmes

No reported contributions

No reported expenditures

No cash on hand

Charles Parr

Itemized contributions

Back Bay Outdoors LLC — $150

Unitemized contributions — $1,250

Total contributions this period — $1,400

Expenditures

Reaction Point Marketing — consulting/creative services/research — $500

Suffolk News-Herald — advertising — $250

Reaction Point Marketing — graphic design/material design/consulting — $2,002

Embroidery Etc. — promotional items — $212

Suffolk Parks and Recreation — event tent rental — $50

Reaction Point Marketing — consulting — $1,500

Total expenditures this period — $4,514

Cash on hand — $3,385