Jim Graham spent big before election

WARREN – Jim Graham, in his successful bid to win the Democrat nomination for Warren City Council president, outspent incumbent Bob Dean by nearly four times in the final three weeks leading into the May 7 vote, campaign finance reports show.

The win captured the presidency for the former president of United Auto Workers 1112, who will not have a challenger in November.

Campaign finance reports were due to the Trumbull County Board of Elections by 4 p.m. Friday.

Graham’s campaign finance reports show he spent $2,974 between April 18 and May 7, a large chunk of it – $1,653 – on campaign signs. The spending was partly fueled by money given to Graham by John Cafaro, who contributed $2,000 to the campaign.

Graham takes the presidency with $1,014 in his campaign account and debt-free. He repaid a $300 loan he made to the campaign on March 22. He spent a total of $4,458 on the election.

Dean spent considerably less, $760 in the last days before Election Day, but to pay down campaign debt, which he still lists as $2,047. He leaves the presidency with $312 in his campaign bank account.

Earlier in the campaign, Dean spent $2,168.

In the race for the open 1st Ward council seat in Warren, Larry Larson, who won the nomination, spent $1,152 during the cycle and $2,208 overall. Larson, who repaid a $1,000 loan he made to the campaign during the cycle, has a balance of $130.

Another candidate in the race, Clyde Wilson, reported only a $130 in-kind contribution. The third candidate, Felicia Davis, did not file a report.

In Niles, for three at-large seats on city council, incumbent Steve Papalas reported he spent $896 over the period and has a balance of $1,767. He spent $2,355 overall. Of the other winners, also incumbents, Reggie Giancola reported a $213 in-kind contribution and Mike Lastic a $100 in-kind contribution.

The fourth candidate, Christopher Doutt, reported a $15 in-kind contribution.

And it appears that every one of the $1,890 spent by the Warriors for Excellence committee in Brookfield in the final days before Election Day was well worth it. By one vote – 930 to 929 – a school levy the committee was backing was approved by voters.

The committee reported spending $480 on fliers and door hangers and $945 for T-shirts. It has a balance of $2,803.