Ohio Democratic Rep. Emilia Sykes outsells GOP rival Madison Gesiotto Gilbert in race for 13th congressional district

WASHINGTON, DC — Akron Democratic Rep. Emilia Sykes raised more money for her congressional campaign in the 13th district in the third quarter of the year than her Republican rival, Northern Canton prosecutor Madison Gesiotto Gilbert, but ended September with less money in the bank . Her race is among the most competitive in the state this year.

The reconfigured seat they plan to represent includes all of Summit County, northern Stark County and a portion of Portage County. Unlike most of Ohio’s congressional districts, it was not attracted to strongly favoring either political party.

Campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission over the weekend showed Sykes raised $902,776 during the quarter. The majority of her $1,007,823 in spending went on television advertising. At the end of the quarter, it still owed nearly $50,000 on media production to a California provider and had $490,400 in the bank.

Her prominent donors included Akron’s Ann Amer Brenner ($3,000), Texas billionaire Robert Bass ($2,900), Chicago Newsweb founder Fred Eychaner ($2,900), Mallard Investments Inc. President Timothy F. Wuliger from Moreland Hills ($2,900) and former Forest City Enterprises executive James Ratner from Shaker Heights ($2,900). The Congressional Committee of Republican House Speaker Steny Hoyer gave her $2,000, Summit County Probate Judge Elinor M. Stormer gave her $1,000, and former US Rep. Betty Sutton of Copley Township, who is currently an Ohio Circuit Court of Appeals judge , $500.

Gesiotto Gilbert reported that he raised $710,587 for the quarter, spent $464,020 and ended the quarter with $672,099 in the bank. She still has a $250,000 campaign loan on her. She has spent more than $100,000 on digital consulting, more than $35,000 on media videography and more than $33,000 on digital advertising.

She received donations from Cleveland Browns owners James and Dee Haslam ($2,900) and H. Ross Perot, Jr., a Texas real estate developer ($2,900). Political action committees associated with Timken Co. and US Senator Rob Portman each donated $5,000 to her campaign. Former US Rep. Jim Renacci of Wadsworth, who defeated Sutton a decade earlier, gave Gesiotto Gilbert $1,000, and she got $250 from Shay Hawkins of Broadview Heights, a former Renacci aide whom she defeated in the GOP primary .

In the neighboring 7th congressional district — an open congressional seat pulled in favor of Republicans — President Donald Trump’s former White House adviser Max Miller reported raising $539,925 and spending $469,090 during the quarter have. The GOP nominee loaned his campaign $325,000 during the period and owed a total of $975,000 in debt. His campaign had $320,356 in the bank in the weeks leading up to the election.

He spent more than $200,000 on advertising and donated $25,000 to the National Republican Congressional Committee

The Democrat contender for the seat, Bay Village podcaster Matthew Diemer, raised $82,227 in the quarter, spent $81,061 and had $29,449 in the bench at the end of September. His campaign contributions included $2,500 from America Works PAC, which is affiliated with Democratic US Senator Sherrod Brown. Diemer’s campaign featured $31,600 in credit from the candidate.

The congressional district they wish to represent includes western and southern Cuyahoga counties, Medina and Wayne counties, and northern Holmes counties.

In the safe Democratic 11th congressional district, which includes the rest of Cuyahoga County, incumbent Democratic Rep. Shontel Brown of Warrensville Heights raised $192,069, spent $174,093 and had $413,847 left over the quarter. The Republican seeking the seat, former East Cleveland Mayor Eric Brewer, did not file a report with the Federal Election Commission.

In the Republican 14th congressional district demographic, which includes all of Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties and portions of Portage and Trumbull counties, incumbent GOP Rep. Dave Joyce of South Russell raised $455,892, spent $228,861 and enacted during the quarter the bank for more than 2.2 million US dollars. The Democrat seeking the seat, retired US Navy orderly Matthew Kilboy of Deerfield Township raised $36,109 in the quarter, spent $33,375 and had $16,191 in the bank. Kilboy has loaned his own campaign more than $13,000.

Bowling Green GOP Rep. Bob Latta raised $307,529 for re-election in the quarter, spent $125,995 and had nearly $1.2 million remaining. Democratic challenger Craig Swartz, an Upper Sandusky real estate agent, had raised $26,495 during the quarter, spent $25,223 and had $6,611 in the bank. It showed that the campaign owed Swartz himself $1,250.

The demographically Republican 5th District they contest includes Lorain, Mercer, Van Wert, Paulding, Putnam, Henry, Hancock, Seneca, Crawford and Huron counties and portions of Wood and Wyandot counties.

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