State Rep. Dennis Murray, D-Sandusky, is outpacing Republican challenger Jeff Krabill in fundraising.
Both candidates agree, however, money isn't everything when running in Erie and Ottawa counties.
Murray's latest report, filed July 30, showed $26,598.04 of cash in his campaign treasury.
Krabill's most recent filing, turned in on June 11, shows that he has raised $11,479.04.
Murray's biggest contributions include $11,395 from the Ohio State Association of Pipefitters, $11,000 from the Ohio Assocation of Public School employees, $2,500 from the United Auto Workers of Ohio and $2,000 from the Ohio Association for Justice PAC.
Krabill's largest campaign donations came from individuals. He reported the following $1,000 contributors, all from last year: Physician Vimal Kumar, physician Brian R. Murphy, physician Alfred A. Kafity, physician James Fanning, Laurence Bettcher of Bettcher Industries and schoolteacher Karen Roshon.
"He gets the big checks, for example, from labor unions, but what he isn't getting is a lot of smaller checks," said Krabill, a businessman who lives in Sandusky. "We get a lot of contributions from individual citizens."
Both candidates said money is a lesser factor in Sandusky than it would be in an urban area. The willingness to spend endless hours going door to door is important, they said.
Candidates in Erie County enjoy a personal relationship with voters, Murray said.
"There are 11 parades in this district," he said.
The two are running for the Ohio District 80 seat, which represents Erie and Ottawa counties.
The third candidate in the race is Libertarian Judy Kayden, a Wakeman resident. Her campaign filing shows an empty treasury, with no contributions listed.
The real estate saleswoman loyally gave a $65 contribution to the Libertarian Party of Ohio, records show.
Erie County voters also are electing a county commissioner, choosing between Democratic incumbent Bill Monaghan and Republican Mike Pisarsky.
They also will pick a county auditor, either Republican Richard Jeffrey or the current Democratic officeholder, Tom Paul.
Monaghan filed a June 10 report listing $6,846.38 of total funds available, with most raised from a $5,000 loan he made to his campaign. Pisarsky reported $508.64 of available funds, almost all from a $500 contribution from the Erie County Republican Party.
Jeffrey reported $3,190 of total contributions and a $2,873.03 balance on hand. Paul reported $1,516.62 of total funds, including a $1,000 loan he made to his campaign.