Kotary far ahead in funds

Super. candidate has 4x in hand as opponent; Clarkson's report lands online late

— “We have more than 11,000 filers at the state board, the majority of which are local filers,” said state Board of Elections representative John Conklin on the challenge the office faces.

The information provided by Clarkson showed his campaign carrying about $1,900 in liabilities as money the candidate has spent out of his own pocket prior to an Aug. 2 fundraiser. Clarkson said he's received more donations after the cutoff for the report and will be holding additional events in the coming weeks.

“I think we're doing pretty well,” he said. “I think it's a question of how much we need for a campaign. We're not using robo calls or anything like that. ... We're using a relatively efficient approach.”

Kotary's reports reveal he's spent nearly $4,400 in the past month. He gave $2,000 to his own campaign earlier in the summer.

“I'm very pleased by the support that my campaign and my message has received. The positive reception is reflected in both the dozens of volunteers and the financial support that we've receive from people in the community from all parts of town and across all spectrums,” Kotary said.

Altogether, the information shows expected costs for candidates in any race. There's postage, lawn signs and fundraiser expenses. Kotary has also made it a point to campaign in the digital world, with money spent on Constant Contact email marketing and on Facebook ads. Digital buys amounted to less than $100, compared to $2,000 his campaign spent on law signs.

The candidates are required to file another financial report 11 days before the primary and 10 days after it. Reports will also have to be filed before and after the general election in November.

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