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Six people are running for three seats on the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
One-by-one, hopefuls for three Roanoke County Board of Supervisors seats Monday submitted financial disclosure reports, showing the cash they have raised and spent so far in their campaigns.
The money came from all sorts: personal loans, out-of-state entrepreneurs, a hot dog restaurateur, even a tree surgeon. All told, the six candidates have raised more than $15,000 since Jan. 1.
Topping the list of candidates and his own Hollins District, Republican Mike Bailey reported raising $5,630 — about a fifth of which came from the Business Leadership Fund, a Roanoke-based group that spent more than $23,000 in last year’s city council and mayoral races.
Bailey spent $2,378 to purchase signs, postage stamps and other items to propel his campaign forward.
His direct competitor for that district’s GOP nomination, Republican Al Bedrosian, raised $2,822.
The sole independent in that race, Gary Jarrell, raised $200. His race will intensify later in the year, after the May 11 firehouse primary, and in the months before November.
In the Windsor Hills District, Republican RoxAnne Christley raised $3,980 in donations. According the disclosure reports, she also took out a loan of just under $7,000 to help fuel her efforts.
Of all the candidates, her sources of contributions were the most geographically diverse. Money trickled in from as far south as Blacksburg and as far north as Maryland.
Christley’s expenditures — just over $2,500 — include office supplies, a campaign database and a car rental to go to “campaign school” in Richmond.
Christley is racing against fellow Republican and former supervisor Joe McNamara for the GOP nomination in that district. According to his records, McNamara took out a $2,700 loan for the race and has raised $1,400. The Business Leadership Fund contributed to his campaign.
Supervisor Ed Elswick, an independent running to keep his seat on the board, has raised $916.
The lone candidate for the Vinton District seat, Jason Peters, reported having $750 in cash on hand after taking out a loan for $1,150 and spending $400 of that on his campaign.
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