Fogel, a 40-year-old former Air Force fighter pilot, said he’s raised more during the heart of the campaign cycle because he’s “the one candidate in the race running on the values of the community.”
“It’s no surprise that my campaign is funded by our neighbors, and my opponent’s campaign is funded by PACs,” he said in a statement.
Voters, he said, are “tired of corrupt partisans,” which he said is a reference to Antani voting for the controversial HB6, taking money from the indicted members of Speaker Larry Householder’s inner circle and failing to report a donation to his campaign by Friends of Larry Householder.
Antani, 29, took umbrage with Fogel’s assessment.
“I’m saddened my opponent has resorted to spewing lies and partisan falsehoods,” he told this news outlet. “Voters want someone focused on the issues such as funding public education and making healthcare affordable. While my opponent continues to try to smear me, I will keep working hard everyday for the people.”
The two men are running to replace outgoing state Sen. Peggy Lehner in the Ohio Senate 6th District seat, which covers about two-thirds of Montgomery County, including Kettering, Huber Heights, Riverside, Centerville, Miamisburg, Miami Twp., Washington Twp., West Carrollton, Oakwood, Germantown and part of Dayton.
Held by Republicans since 1985, the seat is being vacated by Lehner, who is facing term limits. The position pays $60,584 a year. The term is four years and members can serve two consecutive four-year terms.
A post-primary campaign finance report from earlier this year showed donors and PACs donated a little more than $93,031 to Antani’s campaign between March 5 and June 5. Fogel’s campaign raised just over $19,163 in the same period of time.
Earlier this year, Antani said he pulled bank records and found that a $5,000 donation on Sept. 19, 2018 from Householder was deposited on Oct. 9, 2018. He updated his campaign finance records to fix what he called a mistake.
“It was a clerical error and I am very frustrated and disappointed in myself, and am setting up campaign protocols to make sure it never happens again,” Antani previously told the Dayton Daily News.
Fogel, at the time, called Antani’s failure to report the donation and the timeline of the donation and Antani’s support for Householder as speaker “deeply troubling.”
Both candidates squared off this month in a Dayton Daily News candidate forum held via Zoom, tackling a series of topics ranging from school funding, COVID-19 and race to guns, health care and abortion rights.