Thursday was the deadline for candidates to file campaign finance reports that detail the money each raised and spent between June 30 and Oct. 18.
With fewer than two weeks before the Nov. 7 election, candidates for council, trustee and school board are collecting and spending thousands of dollars as they mount final efforts to reach voters.
Thursday at 4 p.m. was the deadline for candidates to file their campaign finance reports, which detail how much money each candidate raised and spent between June 30 and Oct. 18 and how much remains in the bank. Only candidates who raised or spent at least $1,000 were required to submit a report.
The campaign finance records show that among the races receiving the most cash are the school board races in the Louisville, North Canton and Marlington districts, where a lot more is riding than the $125 per meeting salary that the winners will receive after taking office Jan. 1.
For these three communities, the top three vote-getters Nov. 7 will represent a majority of the five-member school board. Louisville is looking for the right candidates to help the community heal after the school's divisive teachers strike last year, and North Canton and Marlington candidates will have a significant say in the future of their school buildings.
In Louisville, a trio of teachers — retired Louisville teacher and coach Richard Crislip, home instructor Barbara DeJacimo and former Louisville teacher and current University of Mount Union adjunct professor William R. Wyss Jr. — collected $8,145 from nearly 60 contributors for their combined campaign. Records show that many of the contributions came from current and former educators.
Board incumbents Brenda Ramsey-L’Amoreaux and Cheryl Shepherd, who filed separate campaign finance reports although they appear together on some campaign literature, received $1,000 each from the political action committee Votes for Women and have relied on themselves to fund their campaigns.
Records show that Ramsey-L’Amoreaux gave herself $3,250 of the $4,350 she raised, and Shepherd gave herself $1,298 worth of in-kind contributions.
Louisville candidates Jon M. Aljancic, Donald L. Barthel and Thomas E. Doyle did not submit campaign finance reports. During a recent candidate forum, each of three candidates said he was funding his own campaign.
In the North Canton City School District, the three-person campaign of incumbent Bruce R. Hunt and candidates Robert P. Roden and Andrea Ziarko raised $13,455 over the four-month period. Heading into the final weeks, they still have $11,481 in the bank to use.
Many of their contributors also can be found on the donor list for Citizens Supporting Excellence in Education committee, which is backing the school district’s bond issue and earned income tax levy that also will appear on the Nov. 7 ballot.
Each of the three candidates has expressed support for Issue 44, while candidate Jessica Stroia has opposed the issue that she believes is too much of a burden for school district residents.
Stroia, an administrative assistant at 415 Group, raised $2,305, of which $1,700 came from her own pocket. She also collected $555 in contributions during a September fundraiser. Expenditure records show that she had spent all of the money she had collected on fundraiser materials, mailings, T-shirts, signs and other campaign advertising.
The Citizens Supporting Excellence in Education committee outraised the Vote No Issue 44 committee by a 4-to-1 margin. It raised $26,410 in the four-month span, which is in addition to the $3,119 it had raised previously, while the Vote No committee raised $6,100.
Among the top donors for the pro-Issue 44 committee were: Harris/Day Architects ($3,000), Hammond Construction ($3,000), Stacy Hunt who is the wife of candidate Bruce Hunt ($2,500) and Lori Cochenour, who is chairing the committee with husband Dave ($2,500). The North Canton Education Association, which represents North Canton teachers, also donated $1,200, records show.
Expenditure records show it had $18,702 remaining in the bank, while the Vote No committee, which sent two mailers in October, had $1,394 remaining. The Vote No committee relied on two donors: Janet L. Bishop ($100) and Steve Gregory ($6,000).
In the Marlington school board race, the combined campaign of incumbent Carolyn J. Gabric and candidates John A. Bauman and Terry Wilson, raised $2,778, of which they spent $1,626 on campaign signs and mailings. Their largest donors were Thomas Brenckle ($600), Donald Miller ($400) and Jon Brenckle ($400), records show.
The Marlington Forward committee, which is supporting incumbent James E. Fisher and candidates Karen S. Humphries and Scott Mason, raised $3,590, of which they spent $2,713 on a campaign website, yard signs and T-shirts. Their largest donors were Strouble Water Hauling ($1,000), Tarter Realty ($500) and Jennifer A. Menegay ($500).
Here are some highlights from the campaign finance reports of other local candidates and local campaign committees campaigning for or against issues:
• In the Canton at-large council race, Democrat Corey Minor Smith raised $8,587, spent $4,370 and had $6,505 cash on hand. Large contributions came from unions as well as $500 from developer Steve Coon and $1,000 from Penny Capobianco of Canton. Councilman Bill Smuckler, D-At Large, whom she's technically competing against, made an in-kind contribution of a fundraising venue valued at $324 and $75 in fundraising food. Councilman James Babcock, D-At-Large, who's seeking re-election raised $2,135, spent $2,430, most of it on mailings and advertising, leaving him with cash on hand of $3,168. The largest donations were $500 each from three union locals Ironworkers Local 550, Truck Drivers Local and IBEW Local along with the East Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council. Republican Edward L. Springer raised $7,215 and spent $3,479 of that. Jack Timken, Joy Timken, Ward Timken Jr. and Stark County Republicans each contributed $500 to Springer's campaign. Independent Patrick Wyatt's campaign collected $12,665. He spent $8,971 leaving him with $3,695 on hand. Jennifer Coon of Louisville gave $2,500.
• In the Canton ward council races, Canton Councilman Jason Scaglione, D-3, raised $2,270.
• In the North Canton council races, B.J. Boyajian, who's seeking the Ward 4 spot, raised $2,100 from four donors and spent $1,109 on social media advertising and signs. Councilman Mark Cerreta, At-Large, raised $1,155 from 20 donors who gave from $25 to $250. He spent $296 on postage, labels and sign stakes. At-large candidate Daryl Revoldt raised $3,300 in addition to a $2,500 loan by him to his campaign. Jon Snyder, the Ward 3 candidate, didn't raise any money except $1,194 he contributed to his campaign, which he spent on shipping costs, mailers, yard signs, sign poles and a picture. Incumbent Ward 3 Councilwoman Stephanie Werren raised $2,720 and spent $309, leaving her with $2,899 on hand.
• North Canton mayoral candidate Scott Kelly raised $2,817. North Canton incumbent Mayor David Held did not file a finance report by the deadline but he would not have to file one unless he raised or spent at least $1,000.
• In the Plain Township trustee's race, challenger Brook Harless raised $11,450. Nearly all the donations came from family members. Trustee Scott Haws raised $5,815 with $1,000 from Eric Haines of Plain Township and $1,000 from Alice Martin, of the Louisville area who's the CEO of Martin Logistics. Anthony Rich raised $6,186, spent $4,063, leaving him with $7,879 on hand. He spent $2,650 on consulting and campaign materials. Trustee John Sabo raised $5,835, spent $8,002 leaving him with $1,333 on hand. Sabo has loaned his campaign a total of $3,500.
• The campaign of Jennifer Leone, who's seeking to be elected Nimishillen Township trustee, raised $2,500 with $500 from the Votes for Women PAC, a $1,400 donation by Nimishillen Township Trustee Todd Bosley, who's not up for re-election next month and a $1,459 in-kind contribution of election signs by Nimishillen Township Fire Chief Rich Peterson.
• Jackson Decides, the committee campaigning for no on Issue 38, raised $1,600. Issue 38, if approved would rezone the Tam O'Shanter golf course from residential to business. Three donors gave the $1,600, with $1,000 coming from Tracie D. Tate of Castle Pines, Colo. As of Oct. 18, none of it had been spent.
• Friends of the Massillon Museum, the committee advocating for the approval of Issue 18, the renewal and increase of a 1.5-mill levy to support the Massillon Museum, raised $5,290 between June and Oct. 18 to add to its prior balance of $9,565.
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