Mayor hopeful spends big

WARREN – Democrat John A. McNally spent $50,000 since June 30 in his Youngstown mayoral bid, and the former Mahoning County commissioner has plenty more in the bank heading into the Nov. 5 election.

McNally’s campaign finance reports filed by Thursday’s 4 p.m. deadline at the Mahoning County Board of Elections show the party-endorsed candidate has a balance of $33,309 in the last days of the campaign.

He received $55,305 during the reporting cycle that ended Oct. 16.

The other principal candidate in the race, independent DeMaine Kitchen, did not file a report by the deadline. An elections board worker shortly after 4 p.m. said Kitchen had informed them he was on his way to file. The report, when it’s filed, will be posted to the board’s website.

Candidates who raised or spent more than $1,000 in the period were required to file.

Other candidates in the mayoral race, independents Frank Bellamy and John Crea and write-in candidate Claudette Moore, did not file reports.

The mayoral race has been a cloudy one.

Crea has faced legal trouble and is in the Mahoning County Jail. Kitchen faces accusations of sexual harassment by female city employees and has had to explain himself for trouble with staying current on his property taxes and other financial and tax troubles. The sexual harassment claims are being investigated. And McNally has the specter of the Oakhill Renaissance Place corruption probe to deal with. The charges have been dismissed.

There was also uproar about Mahoning County Democratic Party chairman David Betras’ removal of three black people from the party’s executive committee for supporting Kitchen, who is black, over the white McNally.

Meanwhile, in Trumbull County, campaign spending was light. Six candidates in trustee races filed reports at the board of elections.

In Howland, incumbent Matt Vansuch reported he received $275 in contributions, spent $386 mostly on fliers and supplies and has a balance of $301. Vansuch also has an outstanding loan of $850.

Trustee James Saker, appointed to the board in 2011 to fill a vacancy, reported he spent $6,100 of his own money, mostly on signs and campaign mailers. He did not receive any contributions and reported zero money on hand.

The third candidate in the race for two seats is James LaPolla Jr. He did not file a report.

In Champion, trustee Bill Templeton spent $2,515 of his own money on signs and postcards. He, too, did not receive any contributions and reported a cash balance of zero. Other candidates in the race for two seats, Keith Bowser and incumbent Jeff Hovanic, did not file reports.

Martha Yoder, among seven candidates for two trustee seats in Farmington, reported she received $1,485 in contributions, spent $967 and had in-kind contributions of $589. She has a balance of $517.

Others running, David C. Bland, Kevin D. Bontrager, Steve Burbach, Debbi Gotschall, John M. Spelich and James R. Svoboda did not file reports.

Weathersfield trustee candidate Marvin McBride reported $2,899 in-kind contributions, spent mostly on yard signs and postcards. Steve Gerberry and John Vogel, the other candidates, did not file reports.

Also, unopposed Warren councilwoman Helen Rucker, D-at large, reported she raised $1,155, mostly from a fundraiser in July and spent $366. She has a cash balance of $1,185.