Republican Deanna Ballard of Blowing Rock, seeking re-election to the 45th N.C. Senate District seat, so far is the top campaign fundraiser and spender among candidates in House or Senate races that include Wilkes County.
Candidates must report campaign contributions and expenditures to either the state or county boards of elections or face fines. Totals available so far are for the first three of four reporting periods. The third period ended Oct. 29.
Ballard reported raising $146,000 and spending $119,917 in the first three reporting periods. The $146,000 she reported includes $89,141 from individuals, $47,400 from political action committees (PACs), $7,100 from political committees and funds she already had.
Wes Luther of Boone, Democratic candidate for the 45th District seat, reported raising $4,060 and spending $2,054. His funds so far include $3,350 from individuals, $350 from political party committees and money he already had. Luther reported no PAC contributions.
Luther didn’t start raising and spending money until the third reporting period, which began July 1, because he wasn’t a candidate until late July. That’s when a committee representing Democrats in the 45th District counties—Wilkes, Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany and the western three-quarters of Surry—named him to replace Brandon Anderson of Millers Creek, who resigned his candidacy in June.
In the 94th House District race, GOP incumbent Jeffrey Elmore of North Wilkesboro reported raising $41,013 and spending $47,299. His $41,013 includes $17,058 from PACs, $11,650 from individuals, $10,599 from political party committees and funds he already had.
Diane Little of Taylorsville, Democratic candidate in the 94th House race, reported raising $50,427 and spending $44,524. Her $50,427 includes $31,904 from individuals, $15,367 from political party committees, $515 from PACs and funds she already had.
The 94th District includes all of Alexander County and the Boomer, Brushy Mountain, Cricket, Edwards 3, Fairplains, Millers Creek, Moravian Falls, Mulberry, New Castle, North Wilkesboro, Rock Creek 1, Somers, Traphill 2 and Wilkesboro 1, 2 and 3 precincts in Wilkes.
In the 90th House District race, incumbent Republican Sarah Stevens of Mount Airy reported raising $134,966 and spending $113,514. Her $134,996 includes $27,025 from individuals, $10,817 from political party committees, $91,618 from PACs and funds she already had.
John Worth Wiles of Elkin, Democratic candidate in the 90th House race, reported raising $41,939 and spending $41,731. Wiles’ $41,939 includes $21,300 from individuals, $17,696 from political party committees and $100 from PACs.
Allen Poindexter of Mount Airy, Constitution Party candidate in the 90th race, raised $2,565 in the first reporting period, all from Debra Poindexter. He didn’t report expenditures then and the N.C. Board of Elections website has no more reports for him.
The 90th District includes Antioch, Edwards 1 and 2, Ferguson, Jobs Cabin, Mount Pleasant, Mulberry 1, Reddies River, Rock Creek 2, Traphill 1, Union and Walnut Grove precincts in northern, western and eastern Wilkes. It also has a little more than half of Surry, including Elkin 1, 2 and 3, Bryan, Stewarts Creek 1 and 2, Dobson 1 and 2 and Mount Airy 1-9 precincts.
Candidates reported the following campaign contributions and expenditures. Contributions and expenditures less than $100 aren’t included below.
Deanna Ballard’s spending
In her race for re-election as senator for the 45th Senate seat, Ballard’s expenditures so far include $42,678 to Washington, D.C.-based Political Ink Inc. for mailer, palm cards, posting and shipping; $19,500 to Cary-based Oak Grove Campaigns for campaign strategy consulting; $12,784 to Ring Limited LLC in Dublin, Ohio, for automated calls, paid search and digital ads; $8,807 for lodging and mileage reimbursements; $5,106 for radio ads; $4,960 to Heather Dickson of Holly Springs for campaign fundraising; $3,138 for political signs; $3,000 contribution to the Committee to Elect Jonathan Jordan (to the N.C. House); $2,000 contribution to the N.C. Hospital Association; $1,237 for event food and beverages; $1,500 for accounting fees; $1,188 for credit card fees; $946 to T-Shirt Specialty in Hudson for printing on T-shirts; $870 to Paul Shearer Photography in Boone for campaign photo shoot; $563 for a phone charger and making copies of documents, $230 to the U.S. Postal Service for postage; $200 for sponsoring the Appalachian State University golf team; $100 to the Surry County GOP; $100 to the Watauga County GOP; $100 for a newspaper subscription; and $100 to Committee to Elect Critcher Watauga County Clerk of Court.
The contributions Ballard reported in the first three reporting periods include $5,200 each from the Raleigh-based N.C. Hospital Association PAC and Greensboro-based N.C. Realtors PAC.
Others above $1,000 were:
• $5,000 each from Steve Wordsworth of Nashville, N.C. (partner in Fervent Pharmaceuticals and co-owner of the Charlotte Panthers) and Elaine Wordsworth of Nashville, N.C.;
• $4,000 each from Kannapolis-based Committee to Elect Republican Women and Jerry Wordsworth of Rocky Mount;
• $3,000 apiece from Piedmont Triad Anesthesia PAC in Winston-Salem and Watauga County GOP;
• $2,500 each from Jonathan Hage of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (president and CEO of Charter Schools USA) and McDonough, Ga.-based Southern States PBA PAC;
• $2,000 each from Richard Furman of Boone and Cary-based N.C. Dental PAC;
She reported $1,500 from Raleigh-based N.C. Beer and Wine Wholesalers PAC and $1,250 from Yadkinville-based Carolina PAC. Ballard also reported $1,000 each from BB&T PAC; Raleigh-based Friends of Forestry PAC, James Furman of Boone, Scott Lampe of Charlotte (vice president of Hendrick Motorsports), Richmond, Va.-based McGuire Woods PAC, N.C. Farm Bureau PAC, N.C. Homebuilders Association, Shreita Powers of Raleigh, Rural Electric Action Program PAC, Mark Vannoy of Jefferson, Seattle, Wash.,-based Weyerhaeuser Co. PAC, Apartment Association of N.C. PAC, Mark Craig of Greensboro (president of R.H. Barringer), Harriet Furman of Boone and Thomas P. Lutz of Palm Coast, Fla.
She reported $500 each from Duke Energy Corp. PAC, Charles Phillip Byers of Forest City, N.C. Advocates for Justice PAC, N.C. Bail Agents Association PAC, N.C. Clean Energy Business Alliance PAC, Washington, D.C.-based National Federation of Independent Business, N.C. Automobile Dealers Association Inc., Shirley Reiman of Jefferson, Texas, Tommy Tucker for N.C. Senate in Monroe, Ronald Sidler of Denver, N.C., Tiffany Hardin Selong of Boone and Dan Nguyen of Boone. She also reported $700 from David Curtis Election Committee PAC in Denver and Blake Lovette of North Wilkesboro.
Ballard reported $450 from Ann Swinkola of Banner Elk, $120 from Kirby Nelson of Zionville, $150 from Timothy Kenny of Charlotte (executive of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association), $169 from Jim McDowell of Blowing Rock and $125 from both Benny Wellborn of Wilkesboro and Kate Gavenus of Newland.
She reported $200 apiece from George T. Johnson of Sparta, Timothy Miller of Blowing Rock, N.C. State Optometric PAC, David Ritter of Wilkesboro, Ralph Earp of Vilas, H. Ed Evans (Blowing Rock town manager), Jane Graham of Boone and Erica Woolridge of Boone. Ballard reported $250 each from District Attorney Seth Banks of Burnsville, Dean Bullis of Wilkesboro, Steven Griffin of Boone, Rudy Holbrook of Benham, N.C. Merchants PAC and Sheri Furman of Boone.
Ballard reported $100 apiece from Renee Winkler of Wilkesboro (Samaritans Purse president’s office administration), Watauga County GOP Women’s Club, Rob Angle of Blowing Rock, Barbara Armstrong of Lenoir, Hayden Church of Millers Creek, Wayne King of Kings Mountain (deputy chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows), Hickory-based Edgar V. Starnes Campaign PAC, Matthew Lance of Blowing Rock and Mark O’Rourke of Mint Hill.
Wes Luther’s spending
Luther reported paying Capitol Promotions in Glenside, Pa., $1,594 for political signs, Creative Printing and Internet Services in Boone $240 for a name tag and business cards and Ray’s Weather in Boone $220 for a banner website ad.
Luther’s contributions include $1,000 from Frances Goodhart of Lansing, $400 from Brian Juneau of Boone, $200 from Sandy Forrest of Moravian Falls and $250 each from Mary Moretz of Boone and the Wilkes County Democratic Party. Luther reported receiving $100 each from the Ashe County Democratic Party, Emily Bish of Boone, Gwen Shafer of Wilkesboro and Ray Sinclair of Boone.
Sarah Stevens’ spending
In her race for the 90th House seat, Sarah Stevens’ expenditures so far include $25,000 to the N.C. Republican House Caucus political committee; $15,276 to Pine State Marketing in Mount Airy for car magnets, lip balm handouts, yard signs and other signs; $5,261 to reimburse herself for expenses; $5,200 to George G. Cleveland for N.C. House in Jacksonville; $4,700 for radio ads; $4,500 to Miss Angel’s Farm in Mount Airy for catering a political event; $2,600 to Steve Hiatt for (Surry) Sheriff; $1,550 for photography; $1,350 to Miss Angels Heavenly Pies in Mount Airy for desserts for events; $1,200 to the Children’s Home Society in Greensboro; $1,000 to Cross Creek Country Club in Mount Airy for an event; $1,000 to the Blue Ridge Opportunity Commission in Sparta for a sponsorship; $1,000 to the N.C. Board of Elections for “improper donation;” $850 for annual dues to Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce; $550 to Friends of the Mount Airy Police Department; and $500 to the Mount Airy Rescue Squad.
PAC contributions reported by Stevens include $9,200 from Raleigh-based Rural Electric Action Program (PAC of N.C. Electric Cooperatives), $7,000 from Blue Cross Blue Shield in Durham, $5,200 from N.C. Hospital Association, $5,200 from Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians, $4,000 from Duke Energy Corp. in Charlotte, $3,500 from Yadkinville-based Carolink, $3,000 from N.C. Farm Bureau, $3,000 from N.C. Realtors, $2,500 from Garner-based N.C. Association of Nurse Anesthetists, $2,000 from Raleigh-based N.C. Advocates for Justice, $1,500 from N.C. Build (PAC of N.C. Home Builders Association) and $1,018 from Raleigh-based N.C. Automobile Dealers’ Association.
It also includes $1,000 apiece from these PACs: Raleigh-based N.C. Beer and Wine Wholesalers, from Fayetteville-based N.C. State Optometric Society, Washington-based Weyerhauser, N.C. Home Builders Association, N.C. Dental and Petroleum and Convenience Marketers and Health Networks Solutions. Stevens reported receiving $500 apiece from these PACs: AT&T North Carolina, Credit Union, Friends of Forestry (N.C. Forestry Association PAC), Glaxo Smith Kline (pharmaceutical PAC), Atlanta-based MAG Mutual (Medical Professional Liability PAC), Washington-based Merck Employees (pharmaceutical PAC), Arkansas-based Walmart, Charlotte-based Coco-Cola Consolidated Employees for Good Government and N.C. Restaurant Lodging. She also received $400 from the N.C. Chiropractic Association PAC and $250 from the N.C. Merchants PAC. Stevens also reported $1,000 from Adam Delp of Pilot Mountain and $100 each from Linda Self of Mount Airy and Ann Vaughn of Mount Airy.
John Worth Wiles’ spending
In his bid for the 90th House seat, John Worth Wiles reported paying $17,596 in-kind to the N.C. Democratic Party, which was polling, digital consulting, video and media services, field support, GOTV activity and social media ads. Wiles also reported paying $15,000 to his campaign manager, Mitchell W. Caudle Jr. of Elkin, $1,000 to Jeff Marshall of Winston-Salem, $2,662 to NGP VAN Inc. in Washington for management software, $602 for Facebook ads and other smaller expenses.
Contributions reported by Wiles included $17,596 (in-kind) from the N.C. Democratic Party, $3,500 from Dr. Dominick Carbonne of Elkin, $3,000 from Dr. Courtenay S. Whitman IV of Elkin, $2,090 from himself, $1,000 from Dr. Perry Jernigan of Elkin, $850 from Molly Richardson Smith of Elkin, $214 from David Whiting of Elkin, $110 from Ron R. Ashman of Elkin and $140 from Kim Godwin of Mount Holly. Wiles reported receiving $250 each from the Wilkes Democratic Party and Frank Hendrick of Elkin, $300 each from Thomas Clay Flippin of Elkin, Kathleen Appler of Mount Airy, $350 apiece from Louise Neaves of Ronda and Larry Pendry of North Wilkesboro, $500 each from Donald Lee Holder of Mount Airy and Arnold Lakey of North Wilkesboro and $400 apiece from Sandy Forrest of Moravian Falls, Susan Stewart of Elkin and Jim Sloop of State Road.
Wiles reported contributions of $100 from Steve Chehansky of Tuscon, Ariz., David Crawford of Mount Airy, Kenneth Greene of Ronda, Betty Knight of Wilkesboro, John Nieschwitz of Sparta, Steven Noga, Scott Schrum of Elkin, George Shafer of Wilkesboro, Teresa Smith of Elkin, Kevin Steinback of State Road, Daphne Tucker of Mount Airy, David White of Mount Airy, David A. Williams of State Road, Christopher Willingham of State Road, Claire Carpenter of Mount Airy, Woodruff Faulk of Mount Airy, Brian Horton of Elkin, Merle Lund of Boonville, Ruthann McComb of State Road, William McGrew of Jonesville, Barbara Sink Myers of Elkin, Mike Franklin Royster of Mount Airy, Joseph Seipei-Parks of Elkin, Beth Shaw of Elkin, Tonya Smith of Ronda, Wayne Stone of State Road, Jerry Swaim of Wilkesboro, Roy Lynn Thomasson of Elkin, William Wiles of Elkin, Lyndsey Ballard of Elkin, Dr. William Blackley of Elkin, Surry County Democratic Party and Joe Walker of Elkin.
Wiles reported contributions of $150 each from Courtney Beals of State Road, Evelyn Scales Thompson of Mount Airy, Dr. Eugene Griffin of Elkin, Deborah Carson of Elkin, Sean Dyer of Elkin, Anne Gulley of Elkin, Judith Porter of North Wilkesboro and Dr. Frank Spence of Elkin. He reported receiving $200 apiece from Rosy Beverley of Elkin, Pat Glover of Elkin, Ruth Ann Johnson of Ronda, Michael Lentz of Ronda, Judith Porter of North Wilkesboro, Jim Westbrook of Elkin, Earl Eller of North Wilkesboro, David Moulton of Sparta, Susan Stewart of Elkin and Clyde Ingle of Laurel Springs. He reported $120 apiece from Linda Erlandson, Gloria Lawrence of Mount Airy and Richard Jackson Smith Sr. of Pilot Mountain.
Jeffrey Elmore’s expenditures
In Jeffrey Elmore’s race for re-election as representative for the 94th District, his spending so far includes a $14,000 contribution to the N.C. House Republican Caucus and $10,599 (in-kind) to the N.C. Republican Party for coordinated research, direct mail and postage.
It also included $4,000 for radio ads, $2,849 for newspaper ads, $1,337 to Boro Bistro and Bakery in North Wilkesboro for event food, $1,000 for political signs, $991 to Thursday Printing for cards, $896 to Wilkes Print and Ship in Wilkesboro for banners and tags, $867 to Meade Graphics in North Wilkesboro for mailing; $830 to the Brushy Mountain Golf Club in Taylorsville for an event, $446 to Hospitality Mints in Boone for mints and parade candy, $375 to Waterhouse Studios LLC in Wilkesboro for campaign photography, $350 to the Alexander REC in Taylorsville, $344 for address stamp and magnets, $246 to Aita Studios in North Wilkesboro for framing a district map, $200 to Chris Scott of North Wilkesboro for a video recording, $150 for a Brushy Mountain Apple Festival booth, $118 to Printlink for envelopes, $116 to Squarespace Inc. in New York for website hosting and domain renewal, $106 for a flag set for a school, $100 to Citizens to Elect Rena Turner, $100 to Katherine Hubbard of Wilkesboro for photos, $100 for a Ducks Unlimited Dinner and $75 for Facebook ads.
PAC contributions reported by Elmore include $5,000 from the Center for International Education in Chapel Hill; $2,000 from N.C. Farm Bureau; $1,000 each from Blue Cross Blue Shield in Durham, DukePAC (Duke Energy), N.C. Realtors and Carolink in Yadkinville; $700 from Rural Electric Action Program (N.C. Electric Cooperatives); $600 from N.C. Optometric Society; $500 each from N.C. Automobile Dealers in Raleigh, N.C. Build and N.C. Hospital Association; and $300 from Bayada Home Health Care Inc. in Raleigh.
Among other political organizations, Elmore reported $10,599 (in-kind) from the N.C. Republican Party for coordinated research, direct mail and postage; $1,258 from the Randleman Senate Campaign; $250 from the Catawba-based Committee to Elect Michael Smith Setzer; and $100 from the Hickory-based Edgar Starnes Campaign. Elmore reported receiving $2,000 from David Martin Elmore of Grimes, Ia. and $1,000 each from Rickie Holloway of North Wilkesboro and Mark Craig of Greensboro (president of R.H. Barringer). He reported $500 each from Tammy Whitworth of North Wilkesboro and Wilkesboro residents Kenneth Johnson, Ron Cohn and Steve Ellis.
He reported $250 apiece from Paul Breden of Purlear, Keith Elmore of Roaring River, Bert Hall of North Wilkesboro, Rudy Holbrook of the Benham community and from Taylorsville residents Denise Davis, Johnny Hefner, Kent Herman and Larry Elmore. He reported $200 apiece from Dean Bullis of North Wilkesboro and from Wilkesboro residents Tracy Walker, Terry Bumgarner, Sam Stroud and Dr. Gary Nash. He reported $150 each from David Ritter, Debbie Ferguson and Sherry Pittman, all of North Wilkesboro. Elmore reported contributions of $100 each from Wilkesboro residents Allen Call, Wilma Elmore, Jeff Pardue, Nada Lawrimore and Becky Mullins; North Wilkesboro residents Lisa Casey, Crystal Ward, Ann Sebastian, Mike Staley and John Matthews; Taylorsville residents Larry Yoder, Mark Sharpe and Jack Simms; Terry Johnson and Robert Andrews of Sparta; Mary Oberembt and Jim Oberembt of Roaring River; and Hayden Church of Millers Creek; Ann Robinson of Lenoir; and Bill Fletcher of Purlear.
Diane Little’s expenditures
In Diane Little’s bid for the 94th House seat, she reported paying $14,517 in-kind to the N.C. Democratic Party for video and media production fees, digital consulting fees, field support staff and research. She also reported reimbursing herself $5,000 spent on advertising.
Little reported paying $4,062 to Robert Hartwell of Winston-Salem for political consulting fees, $3,273 to the U.S. Postal Service, $1,932 to Next Digital Connections in Winston-Salem for phone and printing, $1,700 to the Wilkes Journal-Patriot for ads, $1,663 to the Taylorsville Times for campaign postcards and ads, $845 to Custom Framecrafters in Taylorsville for signs, $500 to Opro LLC in New York for video advertising, $554 to Millsaps Catering in Hiddenite for catering, $239 to Printing and Design Online for envelopes, $300 to R.G. Absher for music at event, $296 to Kathy Riddle of Taylorsville for copies, $325 to Cindy Sellers of Hiddenite for meet and greet supplies, $127 for a booth at the Taylorsville Apple Festival, $200 to I Support My Community Inc. for hurricane relief, $650 to JF golf Management in Taylorsville for room rental and food, $1,663 for campaign cards, $1,932 for door hangers, $1,792 to Al Vans Advertising Co. in Burlington for signs, $2,040 for radio ads, $350 to the Dollar Brothers for music at event, $394 to Cube Creative Design in Arden for palm cards and $257 to the N.C. Democratic Party for campaign training.
Contributions reported by Little included $14,517 in-kind from the N.C. Democratic Party for video and media production fees, digital consulting fees, field support staff and research.
She received three $1,000 donations—from Patricia Anderson of Taylorsville, Alisa Hartsell of Stanfield and Ann Wadsworth-Reish of Vienna, Va. Little also reported $700 apiece from Sandy Forrest of Moravian Falls, and Wayne Wooten of Hiddenite. Little reported $651 from Stephanie Holland of Taylorsville, $650 from Benjamin Zachary of Taylorsville and $600 from Larry Pendry of North Wilkesboro. She reported $500 each from Joel Harbinson of Taylorsville, Wayne Wooten of Hiddenite, Hayden Bentley of Taylorsville, Kim Browning of Taylorsville, U.F. Turkel of Delray Beach, Fla. And from Andrew Reish of Vienna, Va., Alexander County Democratic Party and Robert Boggs (director of health outcomes for Merck Pharmaceuticals in Lansdown, Pa.)
She reported $400 from both Kim Browning of Taylorsville and Miriam Mitchell of Cornelius. She also reported $325 from Cindy Sellers of Hiddenite, $300 from Kathy Carroll of Hudson, $300 from Earl Eller of North Wilkesboro, $296 from Kathy Riddle of Taylorsville, $284 from Judith Porter of North Wilkesboro, $250 from James Warwick of Alexandria Va., $250 from the N.C. League of Conservative Voters, $250 from the Durham-based Marsha Morey Campaign, $250 from the Wilkes County Democratic Party, $250 from Bennett Boggs (of National Conference of State Legislators in Denver, Colo.), $270 from Anna Ferguson of Taylorsville, $250 from Glenn Deal of Taylorsville, $200 from Eva Ingle of Laurel Springs, $200 from Ann Long of Linden, Va., $200 from Carolyn Miller of Concord, $150 from Kim Pennell of Taylorsville, $150 from Seth Chapman of Taylorsville, $150 from Larry Price of Stony Point, $140 from Ima Jean Marshall of Taylorsville, $140 from Patrick Myers of Hickory, $125 from Marsha Little of Richmond, Va., $163 from Colleen Balco of Hiddenite and $105 from Doris Watts of Taylorsville. She reported $200 each from Taylorsville residents Brenda Glad, from Shawn Teague, Marilyn Futrelle, Helen Chestnut and Margaret Eggleton.
Little reported receiving $100 each from Nora Sprinkle of Charlotte, Cathy Potts of Statesville, Jerry Williamson of Boone, Wilkes County Senior Democrats, Sharon Underwood of Ferguson, Jan Reid of Hickory, Lynn Mullinax of Newton, Robert Mullinax of Newton, Janet McCoy of Battle Creek, Mich., Courtenay Miller of Charlotte, Kimberly Clark of Cleveland, Paul Dellinger of Blairsville, Ga., David Jones of Hickory and Teresa Biggs of Hickory. She also received $100 each from Hiddenite residents Katherine Thomas, Ray Warren, Hannah Thompson, Pat Ridenhour, Katherine Sprinkle, William Smith, Elaine Branton, Timothy Keever and Susan Mitchell. Also donating $100 each were Wilkesboro residents George Shafer, James Trice, Betty Knight, Kenneth Foster and Paul Anderson. She reported $100 each from Taylorsville residents Phil Icard, Nancy Coley, John Watts, Teresa McNeely, Jane Maupin, George Holleman (Taylorsville mayor), Robby Terri Fincannon, Betty Lovette, Linda Barriger, Kim Taylor, Linda Graham, Tamara Arndt, Jan Austin, Margaret Bumgarner, Gale Clary and Judy Davis.