LIMA — With almost $60,000 sunk into the Allen County commissioner’s race overall, it’s getting hard to miss all the political signs cropping up around the county.
Pre-primary finance reports filed by each campaign show the lengths each political hopeful have taken since the race began back in January, and unsurprisingly, the majority of the dollars spent have gone toward plastering names and faces across billboards, television sets, digital ads, yard signs and newspapers.
The campaign that reported the most expenditures, however, is Beth Seibert’s, which spent a total of $31,151 primarily with Anne Decker Marketing. The second most expenditures were made by Tim Sielschott’s campaign, which reported 10,650.86 in spending, followed by Greg Stolly’s campaign, which spent $10,079.
Coming in both fourth and fifth, respectively, were the two self-funded campaigns conducted by Judy Augsburger and Alan Tyrrell. Both campaigns reported less than $4,000 in expenditures.
While top-line numbers helps define who is using the largest campaign chests, each report’s detailed listing of contributions show how candidates have proceeded with the race.
For example, Seibert’s campaign received a large boost from a $26,600 loan given to the campaign by Seibert herself, and $647 was brought in after holding a campaign kick-off brunch held on Jan. 3.
In comparison, Tim Sielschott’s fundraising events were most likely a little rowdier. The campaign reported spending fundraising dollars at three different establishments — The Met, 318 Restaurant & Bar and Alter Ego Comics — and Jasmine Goare, a local musician, provided entertainment at the Alter Ego event.
Sielschott’s report also shows a combined total of $3,000 donated to the campaign by Sielschott’s parents, Bob and Beda Sielschott.
Similarly, Greg Stolly’s campaign reported a number of contributions from other Stollys, who are most likely family members.
Contributor lists from multiple campaigns also show some overlap. James O’Neill, C. Bradford Kelley and Tracie Sanchez all gave to more than one campaign with two — Kelley and Sanchez — matching their donations to both candidates.
While Republicans vie for the seat during the primary, Norman Capps, the Democratic contender for commissioner, reported pulling in $2,150 due to donations by the Democratic Women’s Club of Allen County, the Allen County Democratic Party and Gary Frueh. Capps used the funds on printed materials, a website and advertising with the Allen County Cattlemen.
Commissioner Cory Noonan, who is running unopposed, reported no income in the first quarter, but he has close to $3,000 on hand.
Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.