Gentry leading in campaign contributions

by Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Oct 26, 2011 - 04:16 PM

With the general election less than two weeks away, local and state candidates have been bringing in campaign contributions, but have not added to their coffers as much as may be expected this late in the game.

In Gloucester, incumbent sheriff Steve Gentry, an independent, has the most money available in his campaign account of any other Gloucester candidate, according to financial disclosure reports filed in the Gloucester voter registrar’s office.

Gentry had a total of $15,756, has spent $6,619, leaving him with $9,137. Contributions ranging from $120 to $300 or more have come from eight people in the latest reporting cycle, including Gloucester residents Lisa Sidney, Nicole Knott, Kimberly Hensley, John Finney, Cheryl Dame, William Craig, Eldridge Cook and Hampton attorney Ben Williams.

One of Gentry’s challengers, Larry Rilee, a Republican, had a total of $11,904 and has spent $7,875, leaving him with $4,029. Recent contributions include $500 from Southern Trade Realty, Inc. of Gloucester, $200 from Linda Johnston of Hayes, and $150 from Robert Crist Jr.