A look at campaign finance reports in the State College Area school board race

Posted by Ed Mahon |emahon@centredaily.com on November 4, 2011 

In the 2007 State College Area school board race, candidates and their supporters spent more than $70,000.

This year, the election is much more low-key.

Here’s a look at how much the candidates have raised, based on the latest campaign finance reports, filed Oct. 28.

u The Laurel Zydney for School Board committee has raised $1,473.50 and received $167.25 worth of in-kind contributions. The Centre County Democratic Committee donated $292.50, and the State College Borough Democratic Committee donated $300. The rest came from individuals.

u The Amber Concepcion for School Board committee has raised $1,322.50 and received $126.66 of in-kind contributions. 

Her committee also received $292.50 from the Centre County Democratic Committee and $300 from the State College Borough Democratic Committee.

The committee’s in-kind contribution came from the Friends of Michael Pipe committee for campaign literature. Pipe is a Democratic candidate for Centre County commissioner.

u Aim High With Dave Cannon has raised $950 and received $31 of in-kind contributions. His committee didn’t report receiving any contributions from political committees, but it did receive contributions from two Centre County Republican leaders.

Deb Flavin, executive director of the county GOP, donated $100 on July 12. Joyce Haas, a Patton Township resident and vice chairwoman of the state Republican Party, donated $50 on July 12.

u Samuel Settle raised $676.25 as of Oct. 24 and spent $702. His cash balance was a negative $25.75. 

The finance report identifies only one individual donor: Ron Robinson, of Herndon, Va. The other donors are listed as giving less than $50, and thus don’t have to be identified in campaign finance reports.

Settle didn’t report receiving money from any political committees.

u Incumbents Ann McGlaughlin, Jim Pawelczyk and Dorothea Stahl have not raised more than $250, as of the filing period that ended Oct. 24, and so are not required to file campaign finance reports. As of the latest campaign finance deadline, neither has challenger Lydia Glick.

In the 2009 election, none of the three incumbents raised more than $250 either.

u The election is Tuesday. There are eight candidates competing for five seats.

McGlaughlin, Pawelczyk and Stahl will appear on both the Republican and Democratic tickets. Cannon and Settle will appear on the Republican ticket. Concepcion and Zydney will appear on the Democratic ticket. Glick will appear as an independent.


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