Stutts tops election spenders

Published 9:56 am Friday, November 4, 2011

COURTLAND—Jack Stutts has spent and raised more money than any other candidate in Southampton County in his bid to be elected sheriff on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

According to the latest campaign expense reports at the Voter Registration office in Courtland, Stutts has spent $10,751 and raised $13,036.

In other county races, reports indicate Republican incumbent Anita Felts has not spent anything in her attempt to win a third four-year term on the Board of Supervisors in the Jerusalem District. Her opponent, independent Dr. Alan Edwards, has spent more than $7,600, according to reports.

Virginia law requires candidates to file periodic expense reports. The latest reports for spending between Oct. 1 and Oct. 26 had to be filed by Oct. 31 in Courtland or with the Virginia Board of Elections.

Most Southampton County candidates are funding their own campaigns and spending money on newspaper advertising, signs, postcards and flyers.


Stutts, a 55-year-old Democrat, is the only candidate from the county who has received multiple contributions, according to reports.

Robert Pope of Courtland donated $750 to Stutts’ campaign, and Richard E. Railey Jr. contributed $500. Retiring seven-term Sheriff Vernie W. Francis Jr. of Capron and Southampton Towing of Courtland both gave $350.

Contributing $250 each were Jason ad Jackie Hodges of Emporia, Irene Field of Courtland, Eric and Diane Cooke of Franklin, Steve and Janice Taylor of Tracy, Calif., Warren Beale Jr. of Courtland, Bobby’s Muffler in Franklin and Jerry Cutchin of Franklin.

Stutts did not return a phone call seeking comment.

Independent David Holland, the director of Southside Community Corrections and Pretrial Services in Emporia, has spent $4,030. The 56-year-old from Drewryville is funding is own campaign. He did receive $250 from Ingram Funeral home in Franklin.

“Mr. Ingram called one day and he wanted to contribute, and I accepted that,” said Holland, a retired assistant commander for the Fairfax Police Department. “I did not actively look for campaign funding. Personally, I didn’t want to be beholden to people. I went and knocked on doors, talked to the people. What they saw was me.”

Independent Brian Marvel, a Franklin police officer, has spent $172 on his campaign.

The sheriff is paid $85,000 annually.


Felts, one of four incumbents facing challengers on Tuesday, said she believes she will spend about $825 on her campaign. She said she has paid bills for advertising on her credit card, for which she has not received a bill. That’s why reports show the 60-year-old owner of Felts Machine has not spent anything.

No one contributed to her campaign, according to reports.

“I’m paying for it myself, and in these tough economic times, I figure I wasn’t going to ask for donations, and I’m talking to people one on one.”

As for her opponent, it appears Edwards is funding his own campaign. He did accept $200 from Jerry Flowers in Virginia Beach.

In the Newsoms District, Republican incumbent Walt Brown, 67, contributed $1,000 of his own money in October as he seeks a third term. The Indian chief’s campaign had $4,305 available to spend and has spent $3,497 during the election, according to his report.

His challenger, farmer and retired management specialist Glenn Updike, reported no contribution over $100. The 71-year-old independent has spent $1,758, according to reports.

In the Franklin District, incumbent Walter Young Jr., 71, spent $512 on advertising. A retired farmer, Young received a $500 contribution from Cleanup-Environmental in Deerfield Beach, Fla., according to reports.

Young’s challenger, independent Barry Porter, 64, contributed $1,000 toward his campaign. The retired director of finance for Mobil Corp. as of Oct. 31 had $505 left in his account.

In the Capron District, incumbent Democrat Moses Wyche, 69, reported no contributions over $100. He had $1,150 available for spending and had spent $905.

Challenger Bruce Phillips, a farmer and owner of Raccoon Creek Outfitters, contributed $1,200 of his own money to his campaign. The 62-year-old independent also received $100 from William Gillette of Capron and $50 from Paul and Peggy Simmons of Courtland.