Commissioner candidates submit finance reports

Last Friday marked the deadline for the filing of campaign finance reports.

We’ll find out in one week whether all that campaign work was successful for the eight candidates vying for their party’s nomination for County Commissioner.

On the Republican side, two incumbents – Cindy Morrison and Ben Kafferlin – are seeking reelection, as are Tricia Durbin, Judy Albaugh and Shawn Silvis.

Democratic incumbent Jeff Eggleston is one of three Democrats on the ballot alongside Connie Zaffino and Paul Giannini.

The dual efforts of Kafferlin and Durbin – through their joint committee, Allegheny Leadership PAC – brought in more cash than the rest of the field combined.

They raised a total of $27,050 between Feb. 21 and May 6. The only committee to directly donate to a committee was the Rapp for Representative committee donating $250 to Allegheny Leadership PAC.

They reported spending $19,374 of that total with the lion’s share of those expenses focused on advertising as well as approximately $4,000 for signs.

Albaugh’s committee, Albaugh for Commissioner, reported $5,475 raised – $5,000 of which came from the candidate. She also reported contributions totaling $41.25 from Morrison for Commissioner and $100 from Cindy Morrison. Her biggest expense was approximately $1,790 for signs.

Commissioner Morrison reported $1,450 raised, including $1,200 from herself and $50 from Albaugh. She reported spending $1,438.44 of that total with the largest expense to The Guide.

Shawn Silvis reported spending $368 on signs.

On the Democratic side, Zaffino’s committee, Zaffino for Commissioner, reported raising a total of $5,960 with 1,500 coming from the candidate. She reported spending $5,358.69.

Eggleston generated the second highest total raised – $9,156.50 – and has spent $7,706.32, including over $1,000 on signs.

Giannini reported no expenses and no funds raised, nor did the Democratic Warren Victory Fund.

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