WINFIELD, W.Va. -- A Republican candidate for sheriff and a Republican candidate for circuit judge have raised a lot more money than their opponents in the Putnam County primary election.
Steve Deweese, of Scott Depot, who ended his career as a Putnam deputy a year ago to run for sheriff, has raised $12,000 in contributions, according to financial statements in the county clerk's office.
Challenger Rick Parsons, of Hurricane, a former Charleston policeman and bar owner, has raised $3,894.
Donations to Deweese's campaign have come from 105 people compared to the 16 who have given Parsons money.
Both candidates are former Democrats who changed parties -- Parsons in May 2011 and Deweese in May 2010.
Democrat sheriff candidate Bud Lett, of Fraziers Bottom, a former DEA agent and currently the Kenova police chief, has raised $9,100.
A lot of Deweese's money has come from two fundraising events he held last year. Parsons and Lett have not held events.
Parsons has spent $7,551 and loaned himself $9,322, according to financial statements. Deweese has spent $15,144 and loaned $2,000 to his campaign. Lett has spent $5,4182.
Campaign donations can now be made to circuit judge candidates in the county. The election for circuit judge is being held to fill the remaining term of longtime Putnam Circuit Judge O.C. Spaulding, who retired at the end of last year. He did not accept campaign contributions.
Republican circuit judge candidate Joseph K. "Joe" Reeder, a Hurricane attorney, has raised $22,357 in contributions -- exceptionally more than his party's competitor and any Democratic candidate.
Reeder has loaned his campaign $15,000 and held two fundraising events -- one at Valley Park in Hurricane and another at the law offices of Tiano & O'Dell in Charleston, where he was given $14,600. The majority of his contributors are attorneys.
He has also outspent other candidates by thousands of dollars. He has spent $23,639 on his campaign -- $19,878 of it at Mountain Communications for TV and radio spots and direct mailers, among other things, he reported.