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: