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With a November election for two spots on the James City County Board of Supervisors looming, incumbent Jim Icenhour is leading the money race for the Jamestown District while Republican newcomer Michael Hipple leads the open Powhatan District seat.
The Virginia Public Access Project, a nonprofit that tracks money receipts and expenditures in politics, released Friday contributions reports through Aug. 31, which shows how much each of the four municipal government candidates raised.
For the first eight months of the year, Jamestown Supervisor candidate Kevin Onizuk (R) raised $19,749. Jim Icenhour (D) has raised $11,850.
Though Kevin Onizuk has raised more money in 2013, Icenhour has more cash to spend after ending last year’s campaign for the seat with a positive balance. He now has $16,106 on hand. Onizuk’s expenses leave him at a balance of $12,698, as of Aug. 31.
Some of Icenhour’s contributions were $250 from Virginia House of Delegates candidate Monty Mason and $100 from Roberts Supervisor John McGlennon.
Icenhour reported $1,834 in expenses through Aug. 31.
The largest contribution Onizuk received was a $5,125 cash contribution from the Republican Party of James City County. Weststar Mortgage Inc. in Woodbridge — the parent company for which Onizuk works as a local branch manager and mortgage loan officer — contributed $5,000 in cash.
Williamsburg-James City County School Board member Heather Cordasco, who Onizuk said encouraged him to run for the seat, contributed $50 in cash to his campaign. Onizuk contributed services totaling $1,064 and $140 in cash to his own campaign. A single $1,500 loan came from Onizuk’s wife Heather.
Onizuk reported a total of $7,049 in expenses through Aug. 31.
Powhatan Supervisor candidate Michael Hipple Sr. (R) raised $20,916, while candidate Bob Mandala (D) raised $3,938.
The largest cash contribution for Hipple, as with Onizuk, was $5,125 from the Republican Party of James City County. American Pride Automotive gave $2,000, and Stephen C. Barrs — president of C.A. Barrs Contractor, Inc. — contributed $1,000.
He reported expenses totaling $7,589, leaving himself with a balance of $13,325.
The largest contribution to Mandala was $1,000 from the Virginia Democrats of James City County. As with Icenhour, Mason contributed $250 to Mandala. The Virginia Democrats of Williamsburg gave $100.
Mandala reported $428 in expenses, leaving him with a total of $3,510.
Candidates still have another 43 days to raise funds and spend them toward winning the Nov. 5 election.