The competition among the five candidates who hope to take over the two open seats on the Liberty Township board of trustees isn't just fierce -- it's expensive, too.
Campaign finance reports released last Thursday, Oct. 24, show a majority of Liberty Township trustee candidates spent more than double the campaign funds of those candidates running for Powell City Council, Orange Township trustee and the Olentangy school board.
The reports show how much the candidates received and spent up until the day they were submitted. Reports showing campaign finance information beyond that date won't be available until after the election.
Trustee candidate Vince Margello leads the pack in spending, having used $14,399 of the $17,173 that he personally deposited into his campaign account. His report shows he hadn't received any donations to help pay for campaign cards, yard signs and direct mail materials.
On the other hand, Tom Mitchell's campaign has been funded entirely by donors -- many of whom live out of state. Of the $11,870 he's collected, much of that has come from 13 different states, from Maine to California. Comparatively, all other candidates' donations have come from local supporters.
Major contributors to Mitchell's campaign include Sean Yu of Pasadena, who contributed $2,000; Dennis Yu of San Diego, who donated $1,000; and Sarah Log of Powell, who wrote a $3,000 check.
The report detailing how Shyra Eichhorn has spent $7,107 of the $9,020 she had available shows she is using Facebook as a tool to advertise her campaign more than any other candidate. In addition to using her funds for advertising, she donated $200 to the Brian Lorenz for City Council fund. The report also shows that Lorenz's wife, Susan, made a $200 contribution to Eichhorn.
Eichhorn's biggest contributors include Powell residents Lisa George and Joseph Szymanowski, each of whom donated $1,000; and Richard Marling of Powell, who gave $1,500. A New York City-based company called State of Mind also made a contribution of $712 worth of personalized candles.
In the spot where money spent is listed, Peggy Guzzo's report shows $4, which she spent on checks. But she listed $8,072 of in-kind contributions -- all of which she made to herself in the form of postcards, signs and other promotional materials.
John Hartman also listed his spending low at $9.95 as of Oct. 24. He has provided $1,443 worth of in-kind contributions to himself, the report shows. All of that money was spent on placing advertisements in ThisWeek Olentangy Valley News.
Olentangy school board
Reports show the four candidates for two open seats on the Olentangy school board also are big spenders when it comes to campaign advertising.
Incumbent Dave King had spent $5,566 defending his spot, and incumbent Julie Wagner Feasel used all but about $400 of the $4,875 in her campaign account. Both placed ads in football programs, purchased yard signs for supporters and had their names etched onto pencils and notepads.
Both also were recipients of donations from former school board member and former Nationwide CEO Dimon McFerson. On two separate occasions, he donated to both candidates for a total of $1,500 to Feasel and $1,000 to King.
Running against the school board incumbents are Katy Barricklow and Brian Helwig. Of the $5,975 Barricklow had available, $150 was donated by Liberty Township Trustee Melanie Leneghan. She donated the same amount to add to Helwig's $3,250 balance.
Reports show Leneghan's husband, Patrick, hosted a fundraising event for both candidates.
Powell City Council
Of the $4,025 Powell City Council incumbent Brian Lorenz reported having available in his campaign fund, he's spent $2,734 to be re-elected. Donor contributions to his campaigns ranged from $25 to $500.
City Council incumbent Jim Hrivnak loaned himself $3,100 to spend on his re-election campaign. As of mid-October, he'd placed just $378 worth of yard signs to drum up support, the report said.
Councilwoman Sara Marie Brenner has spent $550 vying to keep her seat. She saved herself $500 by having her website created through the company Engage Strategies, which she owns.
Frank Bertone's report shows he hadn't raised funds to earn a City Council spot, and has instead relied on $5,000 worth of in-kind contributions to himself, which he didn't list in detail as required by the Delaware County Board of Elections.
Campaign finance reports were not available for incumbent Tom Counts and newcomer Daniel Swartwout.
Orange Township Trustee Robert Quigley reported he'd spent $5,688 to host a golf outing, print signs and mail campaign literature. Trustee Debbie Taranto spent $2,148.19 of her own money and $964.17 in donated funds, with $1,618 of in-kind donations to herself for political mailings and $529.65 of in-kind donations from Taranto's Pizzeria for signs.
Challenger Bob Ruhlman had collected $445 in donations, but listed no expenses as of Oct. 24. Contributors to Ruhlman's campaign include Olentangy school board member Adam White, who gave $100; and school board candidate Katy Barricklow, who donated $60.
Candidate Angela Wilkerson's campaign finance report was not available.