Candidates for mayor seek votes right to the wire

Posted: November 5, 2012

The Winchester Star

Patrick Farris
Elizabeth A. Minor

WINCHESTER — If you live in the city and someone knocks on your door this weekend or Monday, it could be a mayoral candidate paying a visit.

With three days remaining before Tuesday’s election, Mayor Elizabeth Minor and challenger Patrick Farris plan to continue door-to-door campaigning to meet residents and solicit their votes.

On Election Day, both plan to visit the city’s six polling places throughout the day.

“There are a few more places I want to go,” said Minor, the Republican nominee seeking her third term as mayor. “It’s impossible to get to every house, but I’ve tried to get to every area of the city and talk to people.”

She said her campaign also will publish newspaper ads in the coming days.

In addition to walking Winchester’s streets to meet people, Farris said he will take to the information superhighway to get his message out.

This weekend, the Democratic nominee said, short videos made around Winchester will be uploaded onto his campaign website, patrickfarris.com. The videos will highlight certain planks of his platform, including walkability and infrastructure.

“I want people to understand as best as possible what I mean when I say we holistically need to complete our infrastructure projects,” he said. “And I want be able to show what I mean about walkability for city streets.”

The walkability video will feature the intersection at Pleasant Valley Road and Cork Street. Many people headed to Daniel Morgan Middle School or Jim Barnett Park pass through the intersection, but Farris said it is “not easily and safely accessible for all residents of our city.”

Both candidates have met with various groups throughout the campaign, but those opportunities are diminishing.

Farris said he will continue to meet with groups that invite him. He spent part of Thursday evening discussing the issues at a Northern Shenandoah Valley Tea Party event.

Minor said she has no more group engagements on her calendar. “This is probably the first weekend I haven’t had functions,” she said.

Campaign finance reports filed Monday indicated that Farris had more money in the bank than Minor (as of Oct. 24), but he also had unpaid expenses.

His campaign filed a report of no activity — neither contributions received nor expenses paid — for Oct. 1-24. That left $1,020 in his account, but a $1,647.48 balance remained due for printed materials ordered earlier in the campaign.

Farris said his campaign continues to raise money, and all of its debts will be paid.

Filings by the Minor campaign showed that she took in $950 in the first 24 days of October — including $300 from the Virginia Federation of Republican Women — and paid an additional $1,225.56 for design work on campaign materials.

Minor had $306.54 in her campaign account as of Oct. 24.

— Contact Vic Bradshaw atvbradshaw@winchesterstar.com