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The Ohio House race between incumbent Democrat Kathleen Clyde and Republican Nick Skeriotis turned out to be one of the most expensive Portage County elections. Spending of the two candidates for the new 75th District, which represents the majority of central and southern Portage, was nearly $313,000 combined.
Skeriotis, a Suffield businessman, spent $178,216 on his campaign. Skeriotis got 19,567 votes in the general election, spending more than twice as much per vote as Clyde, a Kent attorney seeking a second term as state representative, who spent a total of $134,745 in the general election.
That worked out to $4.39 per vote for Clyde and $9.11 per vote for Skeriotis.
Clyde also spent another $11,856 in the spring primary for a grand total of $146,601. Skeriotis was unopposed in the primary and did not spend anything, according to the post-primary report filed with the Ohio Secretary of State.
Clyde ended the race with $21,453 left in her campaign fund while Skeriotis reported $4,101 remaining. In the pre-election finance report, Skeriotis' campaign committee showed an $86,000 loan from the candidate. That loan is not listed in the post-election report, but there is no information on whether it was repaid or forgiven by the candidate.
Final post-election campaign finance reports were due Friday for state and local races.
In the Portage County Commissioner races, incumbent Democrat Maureen T. Frederick reported spending $14,737 in her successful race and receiving in-kind support valued at $3,120. Her Republican challenger, Edith "Bridget" Pavlick of Streetsboro, reported spending $3,965 in the general election.
In the second race for commissioner, Kathleen Chandler, a Democrat from Kent and former state representative and county commissioner, reported spending $1,346 in her win over Republican Larry Solak. Solak, a former Shalersville trustee, spent $9,527 in his run for the county board.
In the race for clerk of courts, Democrat incumbent Linda Fankhauser reported spending a total of $12,104 in her race against Republican challenger Daniel Cartwright of Hiram Township. Cartwright reported spending $1,323 in the general election.
Incumbent Bonnie Howe, a Democrat from Rootstown, won re-election in the county recorder's race, spending $2,058 along the way. She also received in-kind support valued at $1,331. Her opponent, Republican Kevin Fowler, a businessman from Ravenna Township, reported spending $300 and receiving $3,533 worth of in-kind support for his campaign.
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