Brown, McKinney spending a lot in the race for Youngstown mayor

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There’s been speculation that U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan is considering running for president in 2020. He’s added to that conversation by traveling to other states, including New Hampshire and Iowa.

When asked if he was running in 2020, Ryan of Howland, D-13th, said he’s focused on the 2018 congressional election and then he’ll make a decision after that.

“One of the Achilles’ heels of Democrats is we always get so enamored with presidential elections so I’m going to continue to try to help Democrats across the country win and hopefully win the House back,” he said. “That will elevate my position on the House Appropriations Committee, which would be good for our area and see where we are in ‘18. I’m very interested in driving the national discussion.”

Money isn’t everything in politics, but it often plays a significant role in elections.

During the Democratic primary for Youngstown mayor, Jamael Tito Brown won despite raising $33,912 compared to $89,399 for John A. McNally, the incumbent.

Of course, there were unusual circumstances in that race with McNally running for re-election with four misdemeanor convictions from the Oakhill Renaissance Place corruption scandal hanging over his head.

But you still have to give credit to Brown for winning the primary despite the huge difference in the amounts each candidate raised and because McNally had the backing of the Mahoning County Democratic Party.

In the general-election reporting period, Brown, a former council president and 3rd Ward councilman, received $50,790 in campaign contributions.

That’s a few dollars more than Sean McKinney, a former city buildings and grounds commissioner, who received $50,457 in contributions.

But when you include the $41,300 McKinney, one of three independent candidates for mayor, received in loans from family members – mostly his parents – he has a huge financial lead over Brown.

One interesting point is Brown has spent nearly all of his money. By Oct. 18, the last day of the most recent filing deadline, Brown had $2,997 in his campaign fund.

The means he spent $49,926 between June 3 and Oct. 18. He could have collected more money after Oct. 18, but not enough to make much of an impact.

Brown likely paid for everything to get him through Tuesday’s election, including campaign commercials and mailers, by Oct. 18.

On the other hand, McKinney had $77,727 in his campaign account as of Oct. 18.

But it’s not like McKinney hasn’t spent money. Anyone who’s stepped foot in Youngstown has seen his yard signs, billboards, and bus ads, among other things.

McKinney spent $15,780 between July 1 and Oct. 18. He also spent $41,965 toward the general election between May 1 and June 30.

So McKinney has spent more than Brown on the general-election campaign and still had $77,727 in his account as of Oct. 18.

The amounts raised by Brown and McKinney are far greater than what Janet Tarpley, another independent and a former 6th Ward councilwoman, collected for her mayoral campaign.

Tarpley received $8,861 in contributions and loaned $6,000 to her campaign. She spent $13,750 on the campaign and had $1,111 in her fund as of Oct. 18.

Cecil Monroe, also an independent mayoral candidate, didn’t file a report meaning he didn’t raise at least $1,000.

In the race for a seat on the Youngstown Municipal Court, the two candidates received about the same amount of money from contributors.

Carla Baldwin, who won the Democratic primary, received $28,049 from donors compared to $28,641 for Mark Hanni. Hanni also loaned $1,000 to his campaign.

Baldwin had $6,557 left in her account from the primary and spent $33,969 between June 3 and Oct. 18 leaving her with $637 in her account as of that latter date.

Hanni spent $20,086 as of Oct. 18 giving him $9,555 left to spend during the final days of the election.

In the Struthers Municipal Court race, Damian P. DeGenova, who ran unopposed in the Republican primary, raised more than his opponent, Dominic R. Leone III, who won the Democratic primary.

DeGenova received $50,336 in campaign contributions compared to $38,846 for Leone. Also, Leone loaned $2,950 to his campaign.

DeGenova also spent more on the general-election campaign – $42,373 to $32,097 for Leone.

As of Oct. 18, DeGenova had $7,963 in his account compared to $9,745 for Leone.

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