Johnson, Joyce have big cash advantages

WARREN – Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson holds a commanding cash advantage over Democrat Jennifer Garrison, who is trying to win his 6th Congressional District seat, second quarter campaign finance reports show.

After a third term serving in the sprawling district that includes the southern portion of Mahoning County, Johnson had more than $1.2 million in his campaign account on June 30, the close of the second federal reporting period.

He began the quarter with a little more than $1 million to spend.

Garrison, a former state representative, had $230,780 in her account, barely a change from the $229,260 she had to spend on April 1, the beginning of the period.

Reports were due to the Federal Elections Commission by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.

Johnson reported raising $340,000, and Garrison reported $110,083. Of those amounts, Johnson got most of his support from political action committees, $208,588. Garrison received $66,600. Johnson reported individual contributions of $123,380; and Garrison, $39,139.

In the 14th District, Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce, also holds the upper hand in cash over his Democratic challenger, Michael Wager, an attorney from Moreland Hills.

Joyce, seeking re-election to a second term, has a $1.06 million in his campaign account, compared to Wager, with $525,900.

Joyce began the period with $1.07 million in his account. Wager was able to grow his balance, but only slightly, from the $474,814 he had at the beginning of the period.

Joyce reported raising $427,653, a large portion of which, $221,250, was from political action committees. Individual contributions accounted for $190,190. Wager received $144,430, mostly from individuals, who gave $100,503. PACs accounted for $38,100.

The district includes the northern portion of Trumbull County.

In the 13th District, Democrat U.S. Rep. Timothy J. Ryan, who has a balance of $388,108, began the period with $335,257. He received $126,365 – $79,750 from PACs and $46,615 from individuals – and spent $73,513.

David Macko, a Libertarian candidate from Solon in the 14th District race, and Thomas Pekarek, a Republican from Cleveland running against Ryan, did not file reports. It’s unlikely either spent or received the $5,000 needed to file a report.