The campaigns of two Montgomery County Commission candidates have tens of thousands of dollars on hand. FILE PHOTO
Photo: Staff Writer
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Campaign cash: How much do Montgomery County Commission primary candidates have?

Of all primary candidates running for an open Montgomery County Commission seat, Carolyn Rice, a Democrat and current county treasurer, reported having the most money on hand, $68,942.81, according to pre-primary finance reports filed Thursday. 

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Rice’s campaign started with $46,983.50 and received $28,970 in contributions since the last report. Her campaign spent $7,010.69. The largest expenditures went to Veracity Media in Washington, D.C. for digital consulting and online advertising, according to the report. 

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No report was submitted by Rice’s Democratic primary opponent, Dr. Don Shaffer, a chiropractor who lives in Brookville and now practices part time in West Milton and Fairborn.  

Of the three Republican primary candidates for the county commission seat, Doug Barry reported raising — and spending — the most amount of cash.

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In the reports filed Thursday, Barry’s campaign reported having $38,503.58 on hand after raising $79,282.83 – which includes $50,000 in loans to the campaign made by the candidate.  

Barry, a Miami Twp. trustee, reported spending $40,779.80. A majority of the spending – $33,202.48 – went to a Jacksonville, Fla. firm, Majority Strategies for printing and mailing, according to the report.

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Republican candidate Gary Leitzell, a former Dayton mayor in the county commission race for the third time, reported having $1,442.58 on hand and spent no money. A third Republican in the primary, Bob Matthews, a former Miami Twp. trustee, reported $38.18 on hand after spending $209 on printed material.

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