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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

In state legislative races. . .

The latest campaign finance reports, filed in advance of Tuesday's primary election, show state Rep. Bob Mecklenborg spent the most money among local candidates during the latest reporting period.

Mecklenborg, a Green Township Republican appointed to a vacant House seat in October, spent $117,299. Finance reports show Mecklenborg raised at least $3,960 last year in contributions from himself and other family members.

Dick Hammersmith, Mecklenborg's primary opponent in House District 30, spent $21,060, and reported a healthy campaign balance of $110,261. Mecklenborg's campaign balance was $22,632, according to the latest report filed with the Secretary of State's office.

In the Republican primary for state Rep. Michelle Schneider's District 35 House seat, John Rabenold spent $59,080, according to the latest report. His campaign balance was $151,726.

Rabenold's opponents, Ron Maag and Grace Kendrick spent $7,680 and $6,711, respectively. Maag's campaign balance was $2,572, according to the latest report, while Kendrick's was $1,146. (Schneider's tenure ends Dec. 31 because of term limits. She is a Republican from Madeira.)

In the Republican primary for state Rep. Tom Brinkman's District 34 House seat, Greg Delev led the pack in spending at $57,753. His campaign reported a balance of $11,565.

Delev's opponents, Peter Stautberg and Russ Jackson spent $6,415 and $657, respectively. Stautberg reported the largest unspent campaign balance at $27,950, while Jackson reported a campaign balance of $1,894. (Brinkman, a Republican from Mount Lookout, is running for Congress.)

Additional campaign finance details can be found at the Secretary of State's web site, here:



at 5:07 PM, February 26, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

He isn't involved in a primary, but I find it interesting that Scott Gehring did not file a pre-primary report, like so many other candidates did. If you are a candidate on the ballot, even unopposed, you have to file.

Unless you didn't raise any money, that is. But wait! Gehring had a couple thousand left over from his losing 2006 bid. And he spent a ton of money on mail for his fund-raiser on 2/21 that was postponed. Presumably, some people sent their checks in ahead of time not knowing the event would be snowed/iced out.

This is the same Scott Gehring who "resigned" from leslie Ghiz' office to devote his full-time energies to his state rep race. So, you'd think he'd have time to raise a little money or file a campaign finance report. Or even work on his "under construction" website.

Hmmm... methinks there is a story there.

But wait... Gehring was such a good little mole when he worked for Leslie Ghiz on Council. So the reporters will give him a pass.

PS- Scott, Blue Chip had a great meeting without your lying butt being around last night. It would have been nice to hear you re-state the "promises" and "guarantees" you made to the other Board members when they were about to impeach you last year. You could have reminded Chairman Vincent how you "promised" or "guaranteed" that Vincent would personally destroy the lives and careers of those who were being "disloyal" to you. In reality, they were removing your incompetent and disloyal (remember Melanie Bates) reign.

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