Two candidates file late finance reports

WARREN — Two candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for elected offices in Niles and in Warren filed their campaign finance reports Friday, a day after they were required to do so.

Steve Mientkiewicz, candidate for Niles mayor, and Greg Greathouse, candidate for Warren’s 3rd Ward city council seat, missed Thursday’s filing deadline at the Trumbull County Board of Elections.

Mientkiewicz, former 2nd Ward councilman who was picked in August 2018 to complete the unexpired term of ex-Mayor Tom Scarnecchia after he abruptly resigned, is being challenged for the nomination by Jimmy DePasquale, Scarnecchia’s service director for a short period until he and Scarnecchia parted ways over differences of opinions.

DePasquale, 64, reported Thursday he received $2,500 in donations, including $1,000 from himself and $1,000 from Rose DePasquale, and spent $2,419 mostly on campaign-related material. He’s left with $80 in his account.

He also reported $353 in in-kind donations, including $126 from Paul Hogan for T-shirts, $106 for magnetic signs from Bob Cvetkovich and $100 for flyers from Mindy Chapman-Devorich.

Mientkiewicz, 35, brought forward $8,481 and received $450 in contributions, including $100 a piece from state Rep. Michael J. O’Brien, D-Warren, Robert Green, Tracy Mientkiewicz and Fred Alberini.

He spent $8,060, including $1,550 to Lamar for billboards, $4,430 to Niles Printing for two rounds of mailers and $1,513 to Capitol Promotions Inc. in Pennsylvania for signs.

He reported $257 in in-kind contributions from Tessa Mientkiewicz for door hangars and has a balance of $873.

There is no Republican seeking the GOP nomination.

Both Greathouse and Scala, who are running to replace Councilman John Brown, reported zero contributions, zero spending and zero balances. Both, however, reported in-kind contributions.

Greathouse, 70, reported $2,477 in in-kind contributions from himself, including $397 for signs, $428 for magnets, $217 for pencils and $178 for T-shirts.

Scala, 67, reported $2,165 from himself, including $1,228 for signs and $651 for a mailer.

Brown, a Democrat, is running for an at-Large seat on Warren council.

The winner in Warren’s 3rd Ward race will face Republican nominee Scott Brown, who is unopposed, in November.

Also, there remains time for a non-party candidates to file in either race. The deadline to do so is May 6, the day before Election Day.

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