Aurora -- With the general election less than a week away, Portage County Board of Elections figures show that mayoral candidate John Monroe has the most money available and is spending the most in the race for the seat.
Pre-election campaign finance reports were due to the Board of Elections on Oct. 25. According to the reports, Monroe led the mayoral hopefuls with $20,336 available and about $18,000 spent.
Second was Ann Womer Benjamin, with $11,221 available and $6,042 spent, followed by Tom Plunkett ($8,700 available and $7,280 spent), Del Dunbar ($2,500 available and $1,274 spent) and John Kudley ($2,055 available and $638 spent).
Reports have to be filed only if a candidate receives and/or spends more than $1,000. Mayoral candidate Mark Demyan was under the threshold and did not file a report.
Monroe's report lists 52 contributors in addition to himself, with the most money -- $500 each -- coming from Mary Monroe, Sandra Boyle and David and Laura Pavlick and the second most -- $250 each -- coming from Ann-Marie Hagenbuch, Char Ciammaichella, James Soule Best and Thomas Tuttle.
Monroe also contributed $2,000 himself, plus a loan of $13,000.
Womer Benjamin lists 55 contributors to her campaign, with the most money coming from Dr. Lawrence Oswick ($1,000), Joy Evans and Arnold Coldiron ($500 each), Margaret Wise trustee ($400) and Mary Wallace ($250).
Womer Benjamin also lists $996 of in-kind contributions.
Plunkett reports 21 contributors, with $500 each coming from Howard Meister and Thomas Slivers, $400 from Anthony Lettl and $300 each from Jenifer Moeller and Tom Ganley. He also lists a loan of $5,067 from himself.
All of Dunbar's available funds came from himself, according to his report, while Kudley lists 31 contributors, with the largest amount coming from Dan Hamilton ($200), plus 11 people contributing $100 each.
Three of the four candidates for Council-at-large turned in reports.
Amy McDougald tops the list with $7,423 available and $3,469 spent. She listed a $2,500 contribution from Josephine Rybka, $2,000 from Lawrence Rybka, $1,000 from Kenneth Lutke and $500 from Lawrence Rybka.
Lynn McGill lists $4,505 available and $4,271 spent, with his biggest contributors being Ann Chapman and Arnold Coldiron ($200 each), while 15 people donated $100 each.
Joe Kastelic lists $1,270 of in-kind contributions. He did not list total funds available and total expenditures.
Scott Wolf did not file a report.
Ward 1 candidates Jim Vaca and Richard Duncan and Ward 5 candidates Kathi Grandillo and Jim Tasker also did not file reports.
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