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Gentile tops list of candidate expenses

December 15, 2012
By MARK LAW - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - Tom Gentile, who won re-election to a seat as a Jefferson County commissioner, was the big spender in the November general election.

Friday was the deadline to file post-election campaign finance reports with the county board of elections.

Gentile spent $37,067 during the campaign. His challenger, Billy Petrella, spent $18,011, but also listed $2,853 in in-kind expenses. In-kind expenses generally are out-of-pocket purchases made by the candidate without a campaign reimbursement.

In the other commissioner race, Dave Maple spent $18,011 in his re-election victory over challenger Steve Vukelic, who spent $30,376.

The committee for the Steubenville levy renewal reported spending $7,790. The Indian Creek Advisory Council spent $3,549; Edison Local's committee spent $778; Buckeye Local spent $3,730; and the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School levy committee had reported expenditures of $2,676.

The Jefferson County Democratic Party reported spending $13,454 and an additional $2,000 on the judicial fund. The county's Republican Party had expenditures totaling $6,442.

The Island Creek fire levy committee had $579 in in-kind expenditures. The Knox Township fire levy committee spent $11.

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