CLEVELAND, Ohio — Ohio Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni raised $341,755 between Feb. 2 and July 31 for his Democratic bid to become Ohio’s next governor, according to campaign finance reports released by the Ohio secretary of state’s office Monday.
Monday was the deadline for statewide candidates to submit campaign finance reports for the first half of 2017, though candidates often voluntarily provide information on donations after the June 30 reporting deadline.
Schiavoni’s campaign spent $136,553 and had $245,251 cash on hand.
The Democrat from Boardman announced his campaign after a fellow Youngstown-area Democrat, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, announced he would not run for governor.
Schiavoni is one of four Democrats running to become the Democratic candidate for governor. Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton and Connie Pillich, an ex-lawmaker from Cincinnati and the 2014 Democratic nominee for state treasurer, have all announced that they’re running for the office.
“Our next governor must be someone who can speak to voters in all parts of the state – urban, suburban and rural. Someone who will fight for all Ohioans, no matter where they live and no matter who they voted for in the past,” Schiavoni said when he announced his campaign in March. “I am not a career politician, and I’m not going to be the anointed candidate. But I am a fighter, the fighter that Ohio needs.”
Originally published in The Cleveland Plain Dealer.