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.
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.
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.
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.
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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