Skaff brings huge war chest to Sec of State race 

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV

Seven candidates, all Republicans, have declared their candidacy to be the state’s next top election official. Kris Warner is the newest candidate and is expected to be a formidable campaigner. But Doug Skaff enters the race with a huge war chest that gives his candidacy an added financial dimension no other candidate in the race has. 

Doug Skaff, former delegate and minority leader of the House of Delegates, showed major financial activity this quarter after recently switching parties, resigning his House of Delegates seat, and declaring his candidacy or state office. He raised $62,000 (including $32,000 from Skaff’s previous campaign accounts) this quarter and loaned his own campaign another $250,000. After spending just under $10,000, Skaff has $302,000 in the bank for the primary election. 

In addition to himself, Skaff’s major donors include Arch Coal, family members, and several trade unions. 

Kris Warner, brother of the current Secretary of State and current director of the state’s Economic Development Authority, raised $15,000 this quarter and spent $800, leaving him slightly more than $14,000 in the bank. Major donors include professionals from the Charleston area. His brother Mac Warner is a candidate for Governor and Kris is a former West VIrginia Republican Party Chair. 

Chris Pritt, a lawyer and delegate from Kanawha County, did not file a campaign finance report this quarter. Candidates who file reports late are subject to a daily fine, according to state law. He has $21,000 remaining in his campaign account. 

Brian Wood, the County Clerk in Putnam County for the last 18 years, raised $680 this quarter in addition to the $31,000 he raised previously. Nearly all his campaign funds from a self-loan, which he gave to his campaign in three stages over the last year. After scant spending, he has $32,000 remaining in his campaign account. 

Major donors include State Senator Eric Tarr, Rob Cunningham (WV Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary), & Michael Wilson (WVU Health). 

Kenny Mann, a former State Senator and mortician from Monroe County, filed a financial report showing no donations or expenses and a $0 account balance.

No Democrats or Independents have filed to run for Secretary of State.

Stay tuned to RealWV for further campaign finance updates on this and other state offices.

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