Westerville News & Public Opinion

Election 2013

Little raised early in City Council campaign


Candidates did little early fundraising in the campaign for Westerville City Council, according to campaign-finance reports filed with the Franklin County Board of Elections.

The campaign pitted incumbents Kathy Cocuzzi, Jenifer French, Mike Heyeck and Larry Jenkins against unsuccessful challenger Doug Rankin.

Jenkins was the top fundraiser, according to the pre-election report he submitted by the Oct. 24 deadline. Jenkins collected $1,195 in donations and loaned another $2,000 to his campaign, according to the report.

The highest contributor to Jenkins's campaign was state Rep. Anne Gonzales (R-Westerville). The former Westerville City Council member gave $250 to Jenkins' campaign.

Gonzales also was the top donor to Cocuzzi's and French's campaigns, also giving them $250 apiece.

For Cocuzzi, French and Jenkins, the remaining donations came from residents in denominations of $150 or less.

Cocuzzi raised $525 for this campaign and brought forth $2,000 from a previous campaign, according to her report.

French raised $1,050 and loaned another $4,860 to her campaign, according to her report.

Heyeck and Rankin each funded their own campaigns, according to their reports.

Heyeck, who filed the post-election campaign-finance report with the board of elections ahead of the December deadline, gave $1,407 to fund his campaign, according to his report.

Rankin gave $1,080 to fund his own campaign, according to his pre-election report.

In uncertified election results from the Franklin and Delaware county boards of elections, Cocuzzi earned 24 percent of the vote, Heyeck earned 22.5 percent, French earned 21.9 percent, Jenkins earned 18.3 percent and Rankin earned 13.3 percent.

The top four vote-getters, all incumbents, were elected.