Joyce raises most cash in 14th

Congressman Dave Joyce raised $279,679 in the first quarter of 2014 to push his re-election campaign war chest to $1.2 million, giving him a commanding cash advantage over his Republican challenger heading into the May 6 primary election.

State Rep. Matt Lynch, who’s getting support from tea party conservatives in his bid to unseat Joyce in the 14th District, raised $78,543. He’s left with $48,940 ready to spend.

Quarterly campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission by the Tuesday deadline show Joyce spent $203,346 compared to $29,603 spent by Lynch, whose Ohio House District includes most of Geauga County and the northern portion of Portage County.

The 14th U.S. Congressional District includes the northern portion of Trumbull County.

The winner will move on to face Democrat Michael Wager, an attorney from Moreland Hills, who reported having $485,973 in his campaign account. In the period, Wager raised $191,232 and spent $52,955.

In the 6th District, Republican congressman Bill Johnson raised $381,769 and spent $71,180 to leave him with $961,531 to try and fend off his likely Democratic opponent in November, Jennifer Garrison, a former state representative from Marietta.

Garrison reported raising $92,683 and spending $95,834 to leave her with $238,147 in her campaign account. Garrison’s primary election opponent, Gregory D. Howard of Albany, did not have a report available.

The 6th District includes a portion of southern Mahoning County.

In the 13th District, Democrat Timothy J. Ryan reported raising $176,800 and spending $108,150 in the quarter. Ryan, of Howland, has a cash balance of $349,132.

His opponent, John S. Luchansky of Poland, who is running his campaign mostly by phone and email, did not have a report available. The limit to file is $5,000 raised or spent.