5 of 8 Dayton schools candidates raise big money

9:04 p.m Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 Local

Five of the eight candidates for Dayton school board raised significant amounts of money during their election runs, according to campaign finance documents filed with the Montgomery County Board of Elections.

Jocelyn Rhynard, a political rookie and full-time mother of four Dayton Public Schools students, reported $13,760 in contributions from 60 donors, including $2,000 from the Dayton Board of Realtors PAC, and $1,000 each from two local doctors and a union labor PAC.

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The committee representing four candidates working together — Karen Wick-Gagnet, William Harris Jr., Mohamed Al-Hamdani and Paul Bradley — collected a total of $50,503 in more than 200 separate contributions. They came from a who’s who of area leaders — $1,000 from CareSource CEO Pamela Morris, $250 each from former Governor Bob Taft, Chamber of Commerce CEO Phil Parker and Learn to Earn Dayton CEO Tom Lasley.

That group got numerous contributions from business and politicians’ PACs, including $1,000 from Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith, and $2,000 from the Dayton Area Board of Realtors PAC. Their largest contribution was $5,000 from Kids Read Now President Lieb Lurie of Troy.

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Rhynard’s campaign finance report showed that as of Oct. 19, she had spent only $3,142 of her funds, the vast majority on printing and signage costs.

The slate of four candidates had spent $30,233 by Oct. 19, including $12,000 to Burges & Burges for campaign consultant Uriah Anderson, who also ran Whaley’s last campaign for mayor. They also spent almost $14,000 on a campaign mailer and $2,500 on signage, according to their finance report.

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Incumbent candidate Joe Lacey reported $1,310 in contributions from 16 donors, none over $200. Dayton Public Schools Treasurer Hiwot Abraha was among the donors, according to his filing. Lacey himself also loaned his campaign $1,825. The only expenditure Lacey listed was a $2,350 contribution to the Montgomery County Democratic Party.

The other two candidates — Jo’el Jones and Ann Marie (Mario) Gallin — did not file campaign finance reports by Thursday, according to documents on the Board of Elections website. Candidates do not have to file if they do not collect or spend more than $1,000, according to Board of Elections officials.