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CAMPAIGN 2013: Here’s how contributions shake out in Spotsylvania races

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CORRECTION: The Spotsylvania Citizens Roundtable for Political Action is not associated with a local NAACP group. It advocates giving political power to minorities.

Developers and Republican groups are among the largest contributors to Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors candidates, according to the Virginia Public Access Project and campaign finance reports.

Lee Hill District Supervisor Gary Skinner, an independent who is running for re-election in a two-way race, has received $18,200, the most of any supervisors candidate in Spotsylvania.

His campaign has largely been financed by developers, according to finance reports that cover donations through Oct. 23. That includes $5,000 from Hugh Cosner, who is a former supervisor; $2,500 from James Jarrell III of Jarrell Properties Inc.; $2,500 from an entity of the Silver Cos.; $500 from Hazel Land Cos.; and $2,500 from Ken Fortune, whose Fortune Landing development was approved in Spotsylvania this year.

He also received $300 from Fredericksburg attorney Charlie Payne, who represents Dominion Raceway.

Skinner has $6,163 left in his campaign fund, according to recently filed reports.

The other Lee Hill District candidate, Mark Shigley, is far behind Skinner in campaign contributions, with $7,993. He has $3,103 left to spend.

Republican groups have been generous to Shigley, who is running as an “independent conservative.” He’s received $1,500 from the Spotsylvania Republican Committee and $500 from the Spotsylvania Republican Women’s Club.

Individual donations to Shigley include $800 from Alfred King—who was a Republican-backed candidate for Spotsylvania treasurer in 2007 and is among the top political donors in the county—and $250 from Courtland District Supervisor David Ross.

Shigley also has contributed $1,000 to his own campaign and received $2,000 from his father, who lives in San Diego.


The three-way race for the open Berkeley District seat has been competitive, with a total of $46,164 raised.

Candidate Dennis Buchanan is leading the pack with $17,668, of which he has $2,406 remaining. Several of his donations have come from developers, including $2,500 from Jarrell; $2,000 from Cosner; and $400 from entities of the Silver Cos. Construction contractor and former Spotsylvania Supervisor Charles Collins gave him $1,000.

Dominion Raceway contributed $1,000 to Buchanan’s campaign, and its attorney gave $500. The racetrack is scheduled to open in the Berkeley District’s Thornburg area off Interstate 95 in early 2015.

Another prominent donor to Buchanan was former State Sen. Edd Houck, a Democrat, who has contributed $200.

He also has received $8,664 in donations of $100 or less. Candidates don’t have to identify donors who give less than $100.

Greg Cebula, the Republican candidate in the Berkeley race, is not far behind Buchanan, having raised $16,097. He has $2,595 left to spend.

Cebula received $2,500 from Republican groups, including $1,000 from the Spotsylvania Republican Committee and $500 from the Spotsylvania Republican Women’s Club.

He’s also received $850 from King, the former treasurer candidate.

Dominion Raceway gave Cebula $1,000, like it did for Buchanan. Both candidates have expressed support for the racetrack.

Cebula’s in-kind donations—which count toward the total amount raised—include more than $6,000 in website and graphic design from the Rev. Ron Owens of Calvary Baptist Church in Spotsylvania.

The third Berkeley candidate, Mark Kuechler, has received $12,399, $5,000 of which came in the form of an in-kind advertising donation from the National Association of Realtors in Chicago.

He has also loaned his campaign $6,000.

Kuechler, who has expressed concern over Dominion Raceway’s impact on emergency services, did not receive a contribution from the racetrack. He has $1,278 left in his campaign fund.

Longtime Berkeley District Supervisor Emmitt Marshall is not seeking reelection.


Not quite as much money is floating around in the three-way race for the open Battlefield District supervisors seat.

Chris Yakabouski has raised $10,727, the most of the three candidates. About half of that came in the form of in-kind donations. He has $3,870 left in his campaign fund.

Yakabouski, a Republican who served as a supervisor from 2004–07 and unsuccessfully ran for state Senate in 2007, got $2,500 from GOP groups. That includes $1,000 from the Spotsylvania Republican Committee and $500 from the Spotsylvania Republican Women’s Club.

He also received $200 from Robert Stuber, the Planning Commission chairman and former Spotsylvania GOP chairman, and $125 from Supervisor Ross. Livingston District Supervisor Ann Heidig, whose family owns Lake Anna Winery, contributed $246 in wine.

A Yakabouski for Senate campaign account has funded more than $3,000 worth of in-kind contributions such as signs and stickers.

Candidate Willie Brown has raised $6,504, of which he has $2,433 left.

His largest cash contribution of $1,500 came from the Spotsylvania Citizens Roundtable for Political Action. Other contributions include $150 from School Board member William Blaine and $250 from Spotsylvania Democratic Committee member Richard Toye. He’s also received $1,685 in donations of $100 or less and has loaned his campaign $500.

Lora Pierce, the third Battlefield candidate, has amassed $2,797, most of which she loaned to herself, according to campaign reports. She has received $600 in small donations but hasn’t gotten any contributions of more than $100.

Pierce has spent all but 2 cents of her campaign account.

Current Battlefield District Supervisor Benjamin Pitts is not running for re-election.


The only contested School Board seat is in the Berkeley District.

Incumbent Gil Seaux is running for re-election but is exempt from campaign finance reporting requirements. That’s because he signed a form promising not to solicit or collect money; he also can’t spend more than $1,000 of his own money.

Republican-backed School Board candidate Erin Grampp has raised $14,875, of which just $25 has gone unspent. The total includes $2,000 from the Spotsylvania Republican Committee; $1,100 from Alfred King; $200 from Supervisor Heidig; and $250 from the Spotsylvania Republican Women’s Club.

Mark Marshall, the third candidate, has raised $4,130. All of that money came from donations of $100 or less.

Jeff Branscome: 540/374-5402