Sheriff hopefuls spend $41K

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Shelby White


By Peter Williams
The Perquimans Weekly

Monday, November 5, 2018

HERTFORD — The challenger and incumbent in the Perquimans sheriff’s race have spent a combined $41,000, with the challenger holding a slight fundraising edge going into Tuesday’s general election, recent campaign reports show.

Republican Jim Bray had raised $23,396 for his bid for sheriff through Oct. 20, according to his third-quarter fundraising and expenditures report to the N.C. Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement. Of that amount, Bray has spent $20,958, leaving him with $2,437 cash on hand.

Incumbent Democratic Sheriff Shelby White had raised $20,630 and spent $20,120, according to his third-quarter report. White had $509 cash on hand, his report shows.

Bray, a retired sergeant with the N.C. Highway Patrol, is making his first bid for elected office. White, an 18-year employee of the Perquimans Sheriff’s Office who was appointed sheriff when Eric Tilley retired in 2017, is making his first bid for a four-year term.

The reports show Bray spent most of his campaign contributions on signs, while White spent most of his money on signs and billboards.

Bray’s report shows his biggest contributor during the third quarter was Ed Walker Sr., owner of Starlight Manufacturing, who gave $1,000.

Other top Bray contributors included Keith Nowell, owner of Northwest Contractors, who gave $500; Scott Perry, owner Albemarle Tradewinds magazine, who gave an in-kind contribution of $400 for advertising; Robert Wayne Ward, owner of Wayne’s Auto Supply, who contributed $250; David Dewald, a truck driver who gave $250; and Carl Lewis, owner of Central Insurance Agency, who also gave $250.

Also contributing to Bray’s campaign were David Riddick, who gave $200; Richard Schulze, a retired congressman, who donated $100; and Annette Parr, who also gave $100.

White’s largest single contributor during the third quarter was Cole Phelps, an attorney and Washington County commissioner who is also the Democratic candidate for state Senate in District 1, which includes Perquimans. Phelps gave White $500.

Tilley was White’s second-largest contributor during the third quarter, giving $400. Scott Truesdale donated $300 and Terry Welcher made a $300 in-kind donation, according to White’s report.

Janice Cole, an attorney, retired judge and former U.S. attorney, gave White $100, as did Francis Mulhollard, a retired FBI agent.