GOP candidate Minchew is leader in House of Delegates fundraising
By Adam Van Hart
With the primary election for Virginia’s 10th District in the House of Delegates a month away, the candidates continue to gather funding. Campaign finance reports for April through June were released Friday by the Virginia State Board of Elections.
According to the disclosures, Leesburg attorney J. Randall Minchew is well ahead of his fellow Republicans and the lone Democrat. Minchew reportedly raised $123,744. After expenses, his campaign had $111,362 on hand June 30. “We had not had a chance to compare to the other candidates,” Minchew said from his law office at Walsh, Colucci, Lubeley, Emrich & Walsh Monday. His second- quarter total was the fourth highest among all House candidates in the state, according to the Virginia Public Access Project.
Fellow 10th District Republican John C. Whitbeck Jr., also from Loudoun County, brought in $ 53,640 with $ 31,267 of that amount remaining. Whitbeck’s campaign attributed Minchew’s financial lead Monday as being more the result of self-funding from family and business interests and less from outside campaign donations. “We are going to work through our grassroots base of supporters, ” said John Findlay, a spokesman for Whitbeck’s campaign.
Republican Cara Townsend, the last person to file as a candidate in the race, raised $23,980 — most of which was an $18,000 selfloan she made. “We got started a little bit later than others,” said Townsend, who added that she has seen positive support.
With the Aug. 23 primary approaching, the three Republicans are mobilizing for a final push. The general election is set for Nov. 8. But while they battle for their party’s nomination, Democrat David Butler — with no primary opponent — has an easier route to Election Day.
The Leesburg Town Council member brought in $56,563 in the second quarter. Most of that was from two $20,000 loans he made to himself. As of June 30, he had $39,956 in his campaign coffers. Nonetheless, Butler sounded confident Monday, and said he has been receiving positive feedback. “Since we don’t have a primary, we can follow a little different route,” he said.
The 10th District, which does not have an incumbent, was relocated from southwestern Virginia in this year’s redistricting plan, which was approved by the U.S. Department of Justice in June. It includes portions of southern Clarke County, Frederick County east of Winchester, and parts of southern Loudoun County. Frederick residents in the Shawnee District will be voting in the 10th. Shawnee’s four precincts include Parkins Mill (3,790 residents), Shenandoah (2,576), Carpers Valley (4,131) and Armel (3,152). Residents in Clarke’s White Post district (1,823 active voters) and part of the Millwood precinct (1,162 active voters) also are in the 10th. While the four 10th District candidates battle for that open seat, local incumbents could have smooth sailing to re-election. They include Del. Beverly J. Sherwood, R- Frederick County; Del. Joe T. May, R-Leesburg; and Sen. Jill H. Vogel, R-Upperville. No opponents have emerged to challenge for those seats on Nov. 8. While the Democratic and Republican parties had to certify their candidates in June, independent candidates can register through Aug. 23. Barring this occurrence, however, the aforementioned incumbents will face no opposition.
In the 27th Senate district, Vogel brought in $ 25,387, with $166,296 still on hand.
Sherwood, in the 29th House district, raised $ 18,608, with $32,124 cash in the bank.
May, in the 33rd House district, brought in $ 4,200 and had $29,460 on hand.