Preprimary campaign finance reports filed with the Greene County board of elections and Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner show heavy spending by Republicans in races for open seats.
State Rep. Chris Widener had the largest war chest with $137,155 available even after spending nearly $43,000 in his race for the 10th Senate seat against former Greene County commissioner Reed Madden and James Howard, a Beavercreek resident and Wittenberg University student.
Madden spent only $5,644 and had nearly $9,000 on hand. Howard raised and spent $400.
Madison County Commissioner Bob Hackett spent more than $12,000 in his race against Xenia Assistant Prosecutor Craig Saunders for the Republican nomination for the 84th State House seat covering the rural parts of Greene, Madison and Clark counties. Hackett had $7,341 available cash. Saunders' report was not available.
Beavercreek insurance agent Brian Lampton was leads the pack in spending of the Republicans vying for the 70th state representative seat being vacated by Kevin Dewine. Lampton spent more than $7,500 and had more than $13,000 available. Lampton's fundraising included a $9,500 loan from himself.
Lampton's opponents Jay Tieber, Jarrod Martin and Frank Cervone each spent less than $5,000. Martin had the most cash available with $6,140, but owes $10,354 in loans.
Another candidate for the seat, Xenia Councilman Bill Miller, said he filed reports electronically after the 4 p.m. deadline. He didn't recall how much he raised or spent. "I don't have the papers in front of me. I couldn't guess right now," Miller said.
In contested county primaries, Beavercreek Twp. Trustee Bob Glaser had the biggest war chest bringing $16,000 forward from last year in the race for Greene County Commissioner. He only spent $1,588 during the reporting period.
Former Fairborn Mayor Thomas Nagel spent the most with $10,147. Marylin Reid, a former commissioner, came in a close second spending $7,623.
School issues also saw significant financing. The political action committee supporting Beavercreek schools request for a $90.3 million bond issue to build and renovate schools spent $25,203 supporting the measure.
The Greeneview schools levy committee spent $6,676 supporting a proposed half percent income tax increase for a new primary school and renovations. Donations to the Jamestown district committee included $5,000 from Premier Health Partners.