Whitney tops primary election spending report



LOCK HAVEN – May primary election campaign finance reports from Clinton County commissioner candidates show that the six candidates spent a total of $31,141.23.

And the numbers show that one of the candidates — Republican Michele Whitney — spent significantly more than the other five candidates, with $13,988.92 reported.

The other five candidates combined totaled $17,157.31 in their expenditures.

Whitney’s June post-election filing report showed a deficit of $11,393.92, while all the other candidates were operating in the black financially at the end of the reporting period.

Whitney lost in her attempt to secure one of the two Republican nominations for commissioner in the November General Election.

She finished third among four Republicans, Jeff Snyder and Miles Kessinger, who won the nominations on the November ballot, and Mitch Christensen who was fourth.

Friends of Jeff Snyder reported spending $7,297.11; Friends of Mitch Christensen reported spending $5,996.65, and Miles Kessinger reported spending $2,614.42

There were two Democrats on the Primary ballot who moved forward to the November election. The spending report shows that the Committee for Paul Conklin spent $1,249.13, and Angela Harding spent $0.

The expense report filings are public record through the voter registrations office, on the third floor of the county’s Piper Building.