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The Suburbanite
  • State rep candidates file fundraising reports

  • Of the Stark County candidates for state representative, incumbent Stephen Slesnick, D-Canton, raised the most during the first 97 days of the year. Democratic candidate Amanda Trump was second.

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  • Of all the Stark County Ohio House candidates, State Rep. Stephen Slesnick, D-Canton, raised the most campaign cash between Jan. 1 and April 6 with $7,200, according to his campaign finance report filed recently with the Ohio Secretary of State.
    His top contributors were West-O-Pac and Realtors PAC, which each gave $1,000. Of the 23 other donors, each who gave $50 to $500, only one lives in Stark County.
    Of the nearly $12,000 he spent, about $2,100 went to consulting fees for RMB, the political consulting firm of his girlfriend, Melissa Barnhart. Slesnick, who’s seeking to be re-elected from the new 49th House District, spent much of the rest on catering, postage, fundraising costs, and a Massillon Cable TV ad, leaving him with $2,300.
    Slesnick also got an in-kind contribution of about $7,900 from Barnhart for the production and postage for a mailer.
    Monique Moore of Canton, Slesnick’s Republican opponent who works for the Greater Stark County Urban League, did not file a campaign finance report.
    48TH DISTRICT
    Amanda Trump of Perry Township, the Democratic candidate for state representative for the new 48th House District, raised the second most with $6,515 between Jan. 1 and April 6.
    The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Massillon and Ironworkers Local Union No. 550 each gave her $1,000. Other unions contributed $650. Republican Akron attorney Peter M. Kostoff gave her $500. Several Stark Democratic officials contributed $25 to $100.
    Trump, a 24-year-old political consultant for RMB and a graduate of Perry High School and Ohio State University, has spent nearly $1,600 in campaign cash, leaving her with $5,247.
    Her opponent, State Rep. Kirk Schuring, R-Jackson Township, raised $1,650.
    His contributors were Nationwide Insurance’s Better Citizenship Fund, which gave $1,000, the Ohio Credit Union Legislative Action Committee, which gave $350, and the Buckeye Community Health Plan, which gave $300.
    With about $6,200 left over from last year, Schuring gave $3,000 to the Ohio House Republican Organizational Committee or OHROC, which supports Republican candidates for state representative with advertising, polling and consulting. After other expenses, Schuring had $887 left.
    Libertarian candidate John Deagan, a business coach who lives in Jackson Township, didn’t file a report.
    50TH DISTRICT
    State Rep. Christina Hagan, R-Marlboro Township, who is running to be elected to represent the new 50th District, raised $5,800 and got an in-kind contribution of table rentals, stamps and email service worth about $163.
    The most prominent contributors were energy companies and lobbyists. They included FirstEnergy, which gave $1,000; energy company NiSource, which gave $500, and Mel R. Kurtz, the president of Quasar Energy Group, who gave $500. Several others gave $350.
    With nearly $25,000 left over from fundraisers in 2011, Hagan’s campaign gave $22,500 to the OHROC and finished April 6 with $6,312. She said the goal is for her to raise $80,000 this year for the GOP committee.
    Hagan’s Democratic challenger Sue Ryan, an Alliance councilwoman and retired principal, has loaned her own campaign $500 and raised $525 from six individual donors, five of them retirees in Stark County.
    Page 2 of 2 - 38TH DISTRICT
    Lynn Slaby of Copley Township has withdrawn as the Republican candidate for the 38th District race to represent western Summit and Stark counties. Gov. John Kasich appointed him to the Ohio Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, so Slaby resigned this month from the Ohio House. Slaby gave $6,000 to the OHROC before closing his campaign fund. Ohio House Republicans say they will appoint  Slaby’s wife Marilyn to replace him as state representative.
    The Democratic candidate Michael J. Kaplan, the former mayor of Peninsula, has raised $3,065 and loaned himself about $136. The Akron Teachers Political Committee gave him $2,000 with the rest coming from eight Summit County residents. He has spent about $313 for campaign letterheads, envelopes and other supplies, leaving him with $2,766.