Bechtol top spender in Hancock commissioner’s race


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.

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