Campaign finance reports for Tuesday's Democrat primary election show candidates in the few contested races in Trumbull County just aren't spending much money.
That's the case with probably the top race in the county, which is the race for president of Warren City Council.
Jim Graham, former president of United Auto Workers 1112, has spent only $1,484 in his bid to unseat city council president Bob Dean.
It wasn't known how much Dean spent so far to keep the seat he won in 2011 until Friday, when he filed a campaign finance report with the Trumbull County Board of Elections.
The report, filed eight days late, shows Dean spent $2,168 and he owes himself $2,807 for a loan he made to the campaign in February.
But there's plenty of spending happening in Mahoning County.
In the top race there, the race for mayor of Youngstown, the top two candidates have spent thousands of dollars to win the Democratic party nomination.
John A. McNally, a former commissioner in Mahoning County, has spent so far nearly $60,000 in the race against president of Youngstown City Council Jamael Tito Brown, who's no slouch either when it comes to opening his campaign bank account.
Although Brown's spending is less, he's still spent nearly $20,000 so far.
The reports filed April 25 cover only money raised and spent through April 17, so reports due in June will detail how much candidates spent in the last days leading to Election Day.
McNally had $32,000 left in his account and Brown, $5,641.
A third candidate in the race, Matthew Smith, filed a report but didn't raise or spend any money.
Also, there's a big push by opponents of a measure that would change Youngstown's city charter as it relates to natural gas drilling and related business inside Youngstown.
Among the changes is a ban on hydraulic fracturing - the process of extracting natural gas underground deposits - in the city. Waste from oilfields would not be allowed to be transported through the city, too, and pipelines and other midstream facilities would be banned.
Calling it a bad law, opponents have spent nearly $60,000 so far to defeat it. That's about 40 times more than supporters of the charter amendment.
Dean wasn't the only candidate for a spot on Warren council to miss the deadline. Erica J. Royster, a candidate for city council in Warren's 6th Ward, filed a report on April 26.
She reported the bulk of $2,266 was from a $2,181 loan she made to the campaign. She spent $1,681 mostly on campaign signs and had $585 left to spend.
The other woman running, Cheryl Saffold, did not file a report.
Saffold and candidates in the other contested races, in Warren and elsewhere, were required to file only if they raised or spent $1,000 or more.
Because Tuesday is expected to be a light election, voter turnout in Trumbull and Mahoning counties, likewise, is expected to be light.
In Trumbull County, elections board director and deputy director Kelly Pallante and Jodi Fiorenzo-Dibble are predicting only about 12 percent. I'd like to tell you what the prediction is in Mahoning County, but neither Joyce Kale-Pesta, director or deputy director Tom McCabe called me back.
In 2009, a like election, turnout was 16.2 percent here and 10.8 percent in Mahoning County.