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POLITICS Hagan files reports on campaign



Published: Sat, June 11, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Three mayoral candidates who lost didn't file reports.

By DAVID SKOLNICK

VINDICATOR POLITICS WRITER

YOUNGSTOWN -- State Sen. Robert F. Hagan raised about $150,000 in his successful bid to win last month's Democratic Youngstown mayoral primary.

Hagan spent about $120,000 on his victory, leaving him financially well-positioned to run a strong campaign for mayor in the November general election against five opponents.

Post-primary financial reports for those who ran in the May primary had to be filed with county boards of elections by Friday.

It's not possible to tell what Hagan's campaign fund balance is because of basic math errors made on his pre-primary and post-primary campaign reports.

Hagan's post-primary report shows he had $29,691 in his campaign fund as of June 3 even though his contributions and pre-primary carry-over money, minus his expenditures, adds up to $34,284.

The Mahoning County Board of Elections required Hagan to file an amended pre-primary report because he didn't use the correct forms.

But at least Hagan filed reports.

Three have yet to file

Three Democrats who lost to Hagan in the primary -- ex-council President John Swierz, council President James E. Fortune Sr., and Councilman Michael Rapovy of the 5th Ward -- didn't file reports by Friday's deadline even though they are legally obligated to do so.

William Flickinger, who finished last in the Democratic primary, filed a report showing he raised and spent no money.

Flickinger's campaign is in better shape than Police Chief Robert Bush's. Bush finished in second place in last month's primary.

Bush's post-primary report shows a $13,438 deficit, of which $8,700 is for unpaid loans.

Bush's campaign gave $9,200 to Rubenstein Associates of Liberty for campaign advertisements, professional and production fees between April 14 and June 3 while raising only $7,521 during that same time frame. Bush brought a $5,211 deficit into this filing period.

State Rep. Sylvester D. Patton Jr., who finished fourth, raised about $40,000 for his campaign and has $6,806 left in the fund.

Patton, who has a history of working with Republicans in Columbus, took $1,000 from Mahoning Republican Chairman Clarence Smith and $500 from David Johnson, a Republican state central committeeman, a former Columbiana County GOP chairman and one of the area's most prominent Republicans.

Patton used $750 of his campaign fund to get work done on his vehicle's ball joints and shocks. Patton's campaign report said he hit a pothole while campaigning, causing the damage that was repaired by West Side Tire and Service on Mahoning Avenue.

Mahoning election board officials say they will further examine that expense because it is questionable.

skolnick@vindy.com




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