The contenders for the Franklin County sheriff’s office have roughly the same amount of cash on hand heading into the final month of the general election contest.
But incumbent Republican Kevin Mulverhill has significantly outraised and outspent Democratic sheriff hopeful Jordanna Mallach in the days leading up to the final campaign push, according to disclosure reports filed with the state Board of Elections on Friday.
The Mallach campaign possessed a total of $2,546.13, slightly more than Mulverhill’s balance of $2,393.74 as of the Oct. 1 cutoff date for the 32-day pre-general reporting period.
However, for the campaign to date, Mulverhill has outspent his Democratic challenger by nearly 2-1 — even when the roughly $8,200 Mallach spent to defeat Bruce Barney in the Democratic primary is factored in.
Mulverhill, who is seeking his third four-year term, started the 2018 race with just $720.91 in his campaign coffers, but drew a total of $18,823.19 in campaign contributions between the filing of the July periodic report and the most recent filing deadline. Because he was not involved in a primary, the July 16 disclosure form was the most recent previous filing by Mulverhill.
The incumbent’s cash contributions totalled just over $4,200 between July and October, with the largest donations coming from Gary and Pat Mulverhill of Malone, who gave him $1,000; and his wife, Shelly, who contributed $775.56.
Mulverhill also donated $1,000 to his own campaign and received contributions of $500 each from Jason Ellis of Malone and James Price of Bonita Springs, Florida, along half a dozen other smaller donations.
The incumbent’s receipts were bolstered significantly by in-kind contributions, in which donors pay for items for the campaign rather than give cash. The biggest in-kind contribution came from Mulverhill’s daughter Kelly, who purchased more than $13,000 worth of office supplies for the campaign, according to the disclosure forms. Malone Town Councilman Terry Maguire also chipped in nearly $700 worth of balloons, tote bags and T-shirts.
Mulverhill also spent just more than $2,500 for a variety of campaign paraphernalia, including lawn signs, car door magnets and campaign literature.
Mallach’s disclosure form reports that she has spent only $15.70 on her campaign since her last filing on Sept. 20, which summarized her spending on the primary contest.
The Democrat’s campaign has also received $370 in new contributions between the end of the primary reporting period and the most recent reporting cutoff date.
Mallach’s campaign has also been funded in part by two $2,000 loans she lent her own campaign. Of the $4,000 Mallach loaned her own campaign during the Democratic primary, $3,000 is still due for repayment.
The complete financial disclosure reports are available for review on the state Board of Elections website.