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Susan Byrnes, Commissioner Chris Reilly lead fundraising in York County Board of Commissioners race

Written by Flint McColgan and Gordon Rago, York Daily Record | May 14, 2015 2:39 AM
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(York) -- Susan Byrnes leads the pack of candidates for the York County Board of Commissioners on all three financial metrics with less than a week to go before the May 19 primary election.

Friday was the deadline for candidates to file their final pre-primary campaign finance reports.

The political committee for the founder of York's Susan P. Byrnes Health Center's campaign raised more than $73,000 since Jan. 26, by far the most of any of the six Democratic and Republican candidates. She also led the way in spending and cash on hand.

At the other end was Doug Hoke, the Democratic incumbent, who didn't raise any money. He said he's "not a big fundraiser" and doesn't like to ask people for money. He said he intends to run on his record and name recognition until the general election.

Two candidates from each party will move into the general election following Tuesday's primary election.

Here's a deeper look at how each candidate performed in fundraising efforts.

Susan Byrnes

EARNED>> $73,128.79

SPENT>> $25,637.03

BALANCE>> $47,391.76

ANALYSIS>> The bulk of her funding came from individual contributors, including $10,000 from Louis Appell Jr., the retired patriarch of Susquehanna Pfaltzgraff Co., and $10,018.79 from Byrnes herself.

Kelly Henshaw

EARNED>> $18,610 plus $363.71 carried over

SPENT>> $13,391.55

BALANCE>> $5,582.16

ANALYSIS>> Henshaw carried over $363.71 from a previous campaign. He raised $14,510 from private donors and a total of $4,100 from political committees. Education Freedom PAC made the largest contribution at $2,000 but Henshaw also saw three $1,000 contributions from individuals including state Sen. Scott Wagner, R-Spring Garden Township, who is also the owner and CEO of Penn Waste.

Doug Hoke

EARNED>> $0, but $1,124.09 was carried forward from his last campaign

SPENT>> $370

BALANCE>> $754.09

ANALYSIS>> Hoke said he decided that people know who he is and they know enough about him to know if they want to vote for him in the Democratic primary. He spent the $370 on two different ads for event booklets.

Duane Hull

EARNED>> $4,305.06

SPENT>> $3,368.58

BALANCE>> $936.48

ANALYSIS>> The former Dover Township supervisor both raised and spent the second lowest amount of money in the race. The bulk of that money comes from a $4,100 loan he made to the campaign committee. The rest of the money also comes from him -- except for one $100 contribution from former York Mayor Charlie Robertson -- including $288.67 for in-kind contributions of campaign buttons and handouts.

Henry Nixon

EARNED>> $31,753

SPENT>> $16,981.20

BALANCE>> $14,771.80

ANALYSIS>> The current York City Council member still maintains his Nixon for Council campaign committee and said he plans to maintain it until he resigns should he be elected a commissioner. He contributed $5,103 from his council campaign and also personally contributed $5,000 to his county campaign committee. The bulk of his earnings come from individual contributors.

Chris Reilly

EARNED>> $49,948 plus $3,865.95 carried over from his last campaign

SPENT>> $18,089.07

BALANCE>> $35,724.88

ANALYSIS>> Reilly said he has "always had a great donor support base," which shows in the $37,550 earned by individual donor contributions. Outside individual contributors, though, the largest political committee contribution is the $5,500 he received in three separate contributions from Capozzi and Assoc. PAC, led by a Harrisburg lawyer who Reilly describes as a good friend.

Also of interest

See all of our 2015 primary election coverage here.

York County commissioner candidates seek Republican, Democratic nominations

2015 primary voters' guide: York County commissioner

2015 primary voters' guide for York County contested races


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