Dublin Villager

Council candidates file campaign finance reports

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Surprises were few in the pre-general election campaign finance reports filed by the 10 candidates seeking four Dublin City Council ward seats.

Candidates on the Nov. 5 ballot were required by state law to turn in a report Oct. 24 outlining contributions and expenditures for their campaigns through Oct. 16.

In Ward 1 where three candidates are seeking the seat of retiring council member Cathy Boring, Greg Peterson raised the most, reporting $2,250 in contributions.

Four Columbus residents contributed $150 each to Peterson's campaign, in addition to Dublin residents Greg and Lisa Seidensticker contributing a total of $300. Strategic Impact Consulting LLC and the PAC of Wiles, Boyle, Burkholder, Bringardener LPA also contributed $150 each.

Peterson spent $1,469 by the time the campaign finance report was due, including about $1,230 on campaign signs and literature.

Christine Gawronski raised $765, which included $100 from the Friends of Donna O'Connor campaign.

Of the funds raised, the majority was spent on yard signs.

Julie Hubler did no fundraising and spent no money on her campaign, but reported $314.55 in previous contribution from another campaign.

In Ward 2, incumbent Amy Salay raised $1,775 in contributions and about $500 was self-funded.

Through Oct. 16 when campaign finance reports were due, she spent about $600, mostly on campaign mailings.

Ward 2 challenger Kari Hertel raised $5,490 in monetary contributions through Oct. 16, spending $1,548 in the same time frame.

Hertel received contributions from throughout Ohio including Hilliard, Fairlawn, Gahanna, New Albany, Blacklick, Marysville and Port Clinton.

She also pulled in $2,190 at fundraising and social events.

For expenditures, Hertel reported paying $1,548 to King Strategic Communications for literature.

Incumbent John Reiner did not raise any money for his campaign to maintain his Ward 3 seat, but did report an in-kind contribution of $2,315 in yard signs from himself.

Challenger Kevin Walter reported $348 from previous campaign finance reports. He also raised $1,375 and spent $985.

Several contributions came to Walter from around Dublin via PayPal on his website.

His expenditures included a $942 payment to himself for the reimbursement of campaign signs, email fees and a payment to the Ohio Ethics Commission for filing fees.

In Ward 4, incumbent Tim Lecklider reported $900 in monetary contributions and $2,080 in expenditures for ads, signs and literature. He reported an outstanding loan of $1,966 to himself.

Kevin Cooper reported raising $50 in monetary contributions from him and his wife. Cooper also reported $6,955 of in-kind contributions, but nearly all were from himself for signs, literature, advertising and printing.

JD Kaplan collected $1,799 in monetary contributions, including $150 from Citizens for Yassenoff in Upper Arlington.

Kaplan spent $312 at Rusty Bucket for a fundraiser and $400 for yard signs.

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