Posted: July 24, 2013

The Winchester Star

Mark Berg
Larry Yates
Dave LaRock
Mary Daniel
Randy Minchew
Monte Johnson

WINCHESTER — House of Delegates candidates in the Nov. 5 election continue to pad their war chests.

In the 29th District, Mark Berg, who unseated longtime Del. Beverly Sherwood to secure the Republican nomination last month, has raised considerably more money than his challenger, independent Larry Yates.

The 29th District includes Winchester and parts of Frederick County.

Berg, a retired physician, raised $53,322 in cash contributions and in-kind donations between Jan. 1 and June 30, according to the Virginia Public Access Project’s website,

After expenses are taken out, Berg had an ending balance of $2,985.

Berg’s biggest cash donor is the Middle Resolution PAC, of Mechanicsville, with $7,115, according to the site.

According to the PAC’s website,, it supports “controlled spending and minimal regulatory control by federal and state governments.”

Elizabeth Kay Gunter, of Clarke County, has contributed $500 to Berg, according to

He has received $10,668 in donations from Frederick County residents. Berg himself has contributed $7,968, while $500 donations have come from Robert Eriksson, Robert Collier, Jay L. Marts and Dr. Karen Wade. Edvin V. Farinholt has donated $250. lists one donor from Winchester for Berg, Bernard M. Swope, who has contributed $150.

Meanwhile, Yates, who didn’t enter the race until June 11, has raised $435 in cash and in-kind donations. He had no cash contributions above $100. After expenditures, he had $176 left as of June 30.

Meanwhile, the 33rd District — which includes parts of Frederick and Clarke counties — features another Republican candidate who unseated an incumbent Republican in last month’s primary. Dave LaRock defeated Joe T. May.

And LaRock is leading the contributions race in the 33rd, with $116,473 raised between Jan. 1 and June 30. Of that, $64,620 is from cash contributions of more than $100, and $6,586 was from donations of $100 or less.

LaRock’s balance at the end of June was $45,568. He had $452 in donations from Clarke County. Mather Leeds donated $402.

In Frederick County, LaRock has been given $700 by Jay L. Marts and $400 by David Sparkman.

The Dominion Leadership Trust, of Fredericksburg, has given LaRock $10,000, while the Middle Resolution PAC has donated $8,052 to him.

The trust was formed by Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Bill Howell, R-Stafford, in 2003, and supports Republican House candidates, according to its website,

Clarke County Democrat Mary Daniel raised $11,035 between April 1 and June 30, and had an ending balance of $10,378, according to

Joy H. Costello, of Stephens City, donated $5,000, and Stephen Pettler Jr., of Frederick County, donated $1,000 to her campaign.

Richard G. Dick and Donna C. Dick, both of Frederick County, gave Daniel $500, while Margaret W. McKee gave $250, as did John H. Milam Jr., also of Frederick County.

Patsy L. McKelvy, of Clarke County, contributed $500 to Daniel’s campaign.

Libertarian Patrick Hagerty trails the pack in the 33rd District race, with $433 in in-kind donations.

In the 10th House District, incumbent Randy Minchew, a Republican, has a large lead over Democtratic challenger Monte Johnson.

The 10th District includes sections of Clarke and Frederick counties.

From the beginning of the year until June 30, Minchew had raised $224,799, and spent $99,877, according to He received more than $200,000 in donations of more than $100 each.

Johnson, on the other hand, had raised $67,650 between July 1, 2012, and June 30. He had an ending balance of $41,285.

Most of Johnson’s funding — $29,000 — is in the form of loans. He received $17,750 in contributions greater than $100, $10,965 in donations of $100 or less, and $9,935 in in-kind contributions.

Karen Kennedy Schultz, of Winchester, has donated $300 to Johnson’s campaign, and Frederick County resident Judith Ann Landes $200.

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