Republican Matt Ferris raised the most money in the race for Columbus City Council, exceeding the $100,000 mark.

Republican Matt Ferris raised the most money in the race for Columbus City Council, exceeding the $100,000 mark.

Ferris also will go into Tuesday's race having spent the most money, $96,855, leaving him with a balance of $4,109. That is according to campaign finance reports filed with the Franklin County Board of Elections. The deadline to file was Oct. 22 and reflected fundraising through Oct. 14.

Ferris' fellow GOP candidates, Roseann Hicks and Alicia Healy, lagged behind their Democratic counterparts in fundraising efforts. Hicks collected $4,799 while Healy took in $5,992.

Incumbents Priscilla Tyson, Eileen Paley and A. Troy Miller raised a combined $65,426, with the biggest contributions coming from organized labor and members of their own party.

The Democrats also had more cash to spend in the final days before the election. Tyson had the most with $23,444, followed by Paley with $11,059. Miller trailed slightly with $10,406 in reserves.

Independent write-in candidate Joe Motil did not file a report, which is not required if contributions and expenditures each total $500 or less, according to Ohio campaign finance rules.

Although he led in fundraising, Ferris said he doesn't feel like he has an edge over the incumbents, considering the Franklin County Democratic Party gave all three candidates roughly $100,000 total in in-kind contributions, or non-cash donations such as postage stamps, ad buys and office supplies. He took a swipe at the city council practice of appointments, which he said gives incumbents an advantage in name recognition. All three Democratic candidates were appointed to council, and only Tyson has been elected.

"Having an appointment here and there is inevitable, but they abuse the appointment process by habitually appointing people," he said.

Bill Anthony, chairman of the Franklin County Democratic Party, said it's easy for challengers to blame the incumbents for having an unfair advantage.

"Currently, officeholders have an advantage, but they lose the advantage if they do stuff that's just plain wrong," Anthony said.

The top three vote-getters will earn a spot on council.