Campaign finance reports show Washtenaw County candidates raised hundreds of thousands
Republican Mark Ouimet and Democrat Christine Green combined to raise more than $431,700 competing for the 52nd District state House seat, campaign finance reports show.
The reports, which were due today, demonstrate just how much was riding on the western Washtenaw County race to replace outgoing state Rep. Pam Byrnes, D-Lyndon Township.
Ouimet, who raised nearly $277,400 and spent about $238,300, narrowly defeated Green — who raised $154,300 and spent about $141,600 — as the pendulum swung in the GOP's favor.
In the 53rd District state House race, Ann Arbor Democrat Jeff Irwin raised nearly $60,700 and spent about $51,000 to win his seat.
Most of that was spent in a hard-fought primary battle. Irwin's Republican opponent in the general election, Chase Ingersoll, filed a reporting waiver indicating he didn't plan to raise or spend more than $1,000.
In the 54th District state House race, Democrat David Rutledge raised about $28,600 and spent $26,700 to win his seat. Independent candidate David Palmer raised and spent about $12,800, while Republican Richard Deitering filed a reporting waiver.
In the 55th District state House race, Republican Rick Olson raised about $102,000 and spent about $100,100 to defeat Democrat Mike Smith. Smith raised $112,000 and spent $102,800.
In the 18th District state Senate race, Democrat Rebekah Warren of Ann Arbor raised $238,500 and spent $227,800 — most of which was in the primary. Warren's challenger in the general election, Republican John Hochstetler, filed a reporting waiver.
In the Ann Arbor mayoral race, Democratic incumbent John Hieftje raised $12,800 and spent nearly $12,500 defending his seat this year — most of which was in the primary. He spent only $72 in the latest reporting period, which covers the period from Oct. 18 through Nov. 22.
Hieftje's challenger in the general election, independent Steve Bean, filed a reporting waiver.
In the 5th Ward race, City Council Member Carsten Hohnke, a Democrat, raised $8,900 and spent $8,300 defending his seat this year — most of which was in the primary. He spent only $187 in the latest reporting period. Independent challenger Newcombe Clark raised about $3,400 and spent about $2,300, while Republican John Floyd filed a reporting waiver.