Saturday, December 13, 2003

Big spenders won big votes

But not always - campaign reports show exceptions

By John Kiesewetter
The Cincinnati Enquirer

The votes were counted five weeks ago, but Dave Tacosik wanted to see the other numbers that doomed his job as West Chester Township trustee - the campaign dollars spent by George Lang.

At the Butler County Board of Elections Friday, Tacosik saw that newcomer Lang spent $45,334 - more than three times what Tacosik spent ($13,116).

"I guess I was na‘ve about things," Tacosik said.

Lang handily won the four-way race with 5,071 votes, or 50 percent. Daniel Wagner and Tyrone Sims said they did not spend anything on their campaigns between Oct. 16 and Dec. 5, according to post-election reports due Friday.

In Warren County, Deerfield Township's biggest spender was Trustee Bill Morand at $18,126. He lost to challenger Lee Speidel, who spent a total of $6,210.

In Butler County's municipal races, Chris Flaig spent the most ($11,204) for one of three Hamilton City Council seats. He was followed by Pat Moeller ($7,042), George V. McNally ($6,799) and Richard Holzberger ($4,351).

Marty Judd led all Fairfield council candidates by spending $11,041 in the campaign's last three weeks.

Next were Robert Woplert ($6,681), Jeff Holtegel ($2,995), Mike Snyder ($1,939), Mitch Rhodus ($1,841), Betty Kellum ($1,297) and Don Hassler ($1,187).

In Warren County, newly elected Mason City Councilman Tony Bradburn was the biggest spender ($8,556) during the period, although Denise Fath had not filed her report by Friday's deadline.

In Lebanon, new councilman Matthew Rodriguez outspent at least six other candidates vying for three open seats by spending $3,704.80. Former councilman James Reinhard had not filed.

Enquirer reporter Erica Solvig contributed. E-mail

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