Incumbent McCarty’s campaign cash exceeds Hendrix’s in Isle of Wight supervisor race

Published 5:35 pm Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Supervisor William McCarty’s reelection campaign had more than three times the amount of cash on hand as his challenger, Tracy Hendrix, as of the end of August, according to campaign finance reports each candidate filed in September.

Each is seeking the District 2 seat on Isle of Wight County’s Board of Supervisors.

Nearly three-fourths of McCarty’s campaign cash, according to his report, is left over from 2019, when he last faced an opponent.

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Hendrix reported just over $2,000 in contributions since beginning her campaign in June. 

McCarty, who began his reelection bid with more than $5,000 from his 2019 campaign, took in another $1,700 over the summer.

As of Aug. 31, McCarty had spent just over $1,500, or $273 more than Hendrix.

Hendrix spent just over $855 of her own money on yard signs, flyers and cards.

McCarty’s reports for the 2023 election cycle show three itemized donations from relatives, each in the amount of $500.

An earlier version of Hendrix’s report inaccurately reported a donation from The Smithfield Times. It was amended on Sept. 29 to instead list the dollar amount as an expense for advertising, though the error remained on a downloadable version on the Virginia Department of Elections’ website as of Oct. 3.

“The Smithfield Times has not, does not and will not, under my ownership, donate money to a political candidate,” said Steve Stewart, the newspaper’s publisher.

Renee Rountree, a candidate for the Smithfield-centric District 1 seat, reported no contributions or expenses through Aug. 31.

She was the only candidate to file by June 20 to get her name on the ballot, and as such will be the only candidate listed.

Chris Torre, a retired developer and organizer of community opposition to the controversial and now-scrapped Grange at 10Main mixed-use development, announced on Sept. 19 he would mount a write-in campaign for the seat. As is the case with all races, voters have the option of writing in a name of their choosing.

According to Voter Registrar Lisa Betterton, Torre as a write-in candidate and those who made the ballot are each required to file a statement of organization for their campaign committees, as well as a statement of economic interests.

Torre has the option of filing a request for exemption from campaign finance reporting if he certifies he intends to spend less than $1,000 of his own money and not solicit or accept donations. If he doesn’t, he too will be required to file regular campaign finance reports on a schedule set by the Virginia Department of Elections, Betterton said. The next report is due Oct. 16 for donations and expenses that occurred Sept. 1-30.

Joel Acree, who’s running unopposed for reelection to the District 4 seat, has filed for an exemption from campaign finance reporting, but Rountree has not, according to Betterton.