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Bechtol top spender in Hancock commissioner’s race

By JIM MAURER
STAFF WRITER

Incumbent Republican Tim Bechtol is outspending challenger Paul Craun in the Republican primary contest for Hancock County commissioner, pre-election campaign finance reports show.

The deadline to file the reports with the Hancock County Board of Elections was Thursday.

A campaign committee called “Team to Retain Commissioner Bechtol” brought about $688 forward from the last report, and listed $2,250 in contributions, plus a $5,000 loan from Bechtol to the campaign, for a total of about $7,938.

Campaign expenses were about $4,375, leaving a balance of about $3,563. The committee listed outstanding loans of $7,000.

Contributions of $500 each were made by Kraig Kutschbach, Greg Coward and Don Templin, all of Findlay. Contributions of $100 each were made by Grant Russel, S. David DeVore, Don Snyder and Judy Davis, all of Findlay.

Major campaign expenses included: Signed by Josette, Findlay, $547 for large campaign banner; Brandon Screen Printing, Lima, $1,667 for campaign yard signs; WBVI radio, Fostoria, $320 for campaign advertisements; Town Money Saver, Sandusky, $335 for mailers; J. Yoakam, Fostoria, $1,202 for outdoor billboard advertisement and direct mail.

“Friends of Paul Craun,” the committee working to get Craun the Republican Party nomination on May 8, listed contributions of $6,855, about $3,029 in campaign expenses, and a balance of about $3,826 as of this week.

Craun listed three separate contributions, of $500 each, from himself. He also received $500 contributions from the late Chuck Weasel and from Kraig Kutschbach, Findlay.

Contributions of $250 each were made by Joe Wasson, McComb; Barb Bodie, Fostoria; Jim Heck/Heck Rentals, Dennis Bishop, Joseph Kirk, Nick Nigh, and Michael Malone, all of Findlay.

Contributions of $200 each were made by Dianna Schweinfurth, LaRue, Ohio; Chuck Bills, Richard Kirk, Stan Scarbrough, Gail Steffen, and Joseph Ramsey, all of Findlay.

Contributions of $150 each came from Robert Craun, Espondido, California; John Kinn, Fostoria; Bob Maas and Robert Hollister, both of Findlay.

Donations of $100 each were made by Caroline Wasson, McComb; Gary Pattyn, Littleton, Colorado; Chuck Lyon, Naples, Florida; Joe Faine, Dan and Linda DeArment, Tom Moorhead, Kim Thomas, and Thomas Brown, all of Findlay.

Craun listed a $500 in-kind contribution from John Steffen, Findlay, for logo design; and an outstanding loan from himself to the committee of about $169.

Campaign expenses included: Millstream-Kennedy of Findlay, $187 for business cards and $2,383 for yard signs; Findlay Publishing Co., owner of The Courier, $251 for advertising; and Allegra printing, a division of Findlay Publishing, $123 for banners.

Maurer: 419-427-8420
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