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King outraised, outspent Kieliszewski

Terry King

ALPENA–Incumbents, and their challengers, who participated in the August primary election have filed their post-primary election finance reports.

As anticipated there was a significant amount of money raised and spent during the controversial sheriff’s race in Alpena County.

Candidates from other local races did not file, as they signed waivers because they raised and spent less than $1,000.

In the sheriff’s race, challenger Terry King outraised incumbent Steve Kieliszewski by nearly $10,000 and spent nearly twice as much in the months leading up to election day.

Kieliszewski defeated King and is unopposed in the general election on Nov. 3.

In the filing documents at the Alpena County Clerk’s office, it showed King had total contributions of $25,902 and expenses of $24,184, leaving his committee a balance of $1,724 in the bank.

By comparison, Kieliszewski raised $16,764 and spent $12,660 during the campaign. His committee has a balance of $4,104 yet to be used.

At the state level, state representative Sue Allor (R-Wolverine), has received $195,000 in political contributions and an additional $17,628 in in-kind contributions during this current election cycle. Her claimed expenses were $193,314, leaving $16,243 cash on hand

Allor also amassed $70,691 in debt, from loans made to herself.

Her largest contributor to this point is Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers PAC, which contributed $35,000 thus far.

Allor was unopposed in the primary election, but will square off against Democrat Lee Ann Johnson in November.

At the time of the filing Johnson only has $100 in contributions and no expenses to this point.

Congressman Jack Bergman (R-Watersmeet), is outraising Democrat challenger Dana Fergson so far. In his after primary filing, Bergman claims he has raised just over a million dollars this election cycle. He had expenses of $403,497 and has $765,798 cash-on-hand.

Bergman has many corporate donors, with some of the largest being Walmart, Motorola, Microsoft and ExxonMobil.

Ferguson meanwhile had total contributions of $132,745 and expenses of $98,667, with ActBlue as his largest contributor.

Fergusons totals are expected to grow as the election nears.

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