April 29, 2016


Incumbents spent big in primary

ELYRIA – Lorain Mayor Tony Krasienko spent nearly $15,000 more than the man who defeated him in May’s primary election.

Krasienko, who took a pounding from former staffer Chase Ritenauer in a 4,035 to 2,461 vote, according to the final vote count from the Lorain County Board of Elections, spent $58,835 during his campaign, according to campaign finance reports that were released Friday. Ritenauer spent a little more than $44,000 in the three-way Democratic race, which included at large Councilman Mitchell Fallis.

Krasienko, who will leave his post at the end of the year after one term, made a final push in the days leading up to the election by spending more than $3,500 for postage and about $4,500 in printing costs. He also spent $5,000 for advertisements in The Morning Journal. Another $10,000 – his largest expense – went to Burges & Burges, a political consulting firm based in Cleveland.

Ritenauer, meanwhile, spent nearly $14,000 on mailers, $2,000 on radio advertising, $4,000 for TV commercials and more than $5,000 in The Morning Journal. Ritenauer was deputy safety service director early in Krasienko’s administration.

Fallis spent about $20,000 on his campaign and garnered 1,087 votes.

In Elyria, Mayor Bill Grace spent a little more than $33,000 during his campaign, while Holly Brinda spent nearly $26,000. Brinda beat Grace 2,591 to 2,271, according to the official results.

Grace said about 10 days before the election that he would make a final advertising push, and push he did. About $7,000 was spent on print advertising in the days leading up to the election, according to campaign finance reports that were released Friday. Another $831 was spent on radio.

Brinda spent about $3,200 in mailings, $1,150 in radio and $6,612 to advertise in The Chronicle-Telegram in the days before the election.

Also in Lorain, longtime city Auditor Ron Mantini bested his primary opponent Sonya Higginbotham 4,244 to 2,853, despite Higginbotham spending nearly four times more than him. Mantini spent about $3,200 during his campaign, the largest amount of which was a $1,000 contribution to Ritenauer, while Higginbotham spent $12,819.

Contact Adam Wright at 329-7155 or awright@chroniclet.com.