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  • Kevin Elliott

State candidates file campaign finance reports

Candidates for the Michigan legislature were required by 4 p.m. Friday, October 25, to file their campaign finance reports with the Michigan Secretary of State to disclose the amounts raised and spent during the third quarter of the election cycle, which runs from July 21 to October 20. In the 40th House District, which includes Birmingham, Bloomfield Township, Bloomfield Hills and the western part of West Bloomfield, incumbent Democrat Mari Manoogian has raised a total of $16,070 during the third quarter, with a total of $51,095 raised toward the 2020 election. Manoogian spent $8,866 during the third quarter and $45,910 total for the election cycle, with an ending balance of $39,849 cash on hand. Republican challenger Dave Potts raised $4,850 during the third quarter, which includes a $3,000 loan from himself. Potts spent no money during the third quarter, ending with $4,850 cash on hand. In neighboring 41st District in Troy and Clawson, House incumbent Democrat Padma Kuppa led all other state legislature candidates in the county during the third quarter, raising $30,836. Kuppa has brought in a total of $380,509 this election cycle, spending a total $2,854 in the latest filing period and $327,663 for the entire election cycle, ending the quarter with a balance of $54,207. There were no recent Republican challengers filing campaign finance reports for the seat. In the traditionally Republican 45th District, currently held by term-limited Rep. Michael Webber (R-Rochester, Rochester Hills), both Democrat and Republican challengers are nearly even in fundraising efforts. Republican Mark Tisdel, who currently serves as Rochester Hills City Council President, has raised $11,517 and spent $3,876 for a balance of $7,640. Meanwhile, Democrat Brendan Johnson – a former foreign affairs intern for U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Rochester, Rochester Hills, northern Oakland County, parts of Livingston and Ingham counties) – raised $10,342 and spent $1,219, ending the quarter with $9,122 cash-on-hand. Democrat Barb Anness, who serves on the Rochester Community Schools Board, wasn't required to file a report for the period. In Commerce Township's 39th District seat, incumbent Republican Rep. Ryan Berman raised just $1,150 during the third quarter, but ended the period with $27,614 cash on-hand leftover from his 2018 campaign. Berman could be facing a competitive race following the entry of Democratic candidate Julie Pulver, of West Bloomfield, in September. Pulver, who rain a close state Senate campaign in 2018, reported raising just $135 and spent $95 in the weeks following her announcement. In Novi, both Democrats and Republicans are working to replace term-limited incumbent Republican Rep. Kathy Crawford for her 38th District seat. Democrats Megan McAllister raised $12,686 and spent $599, ending the period with $12,086 cash on-hand; and Kelly Breen, who currently serves on Novi City Council, raised $5,495 ($18,022 total), ending the quarter with $1,572 cash on-hand. Republican challenger Chase Turner, who ran a competitive primary against Crawford in 2018, raised $21,477 during the third quarter — of which $19,850 came from direct loans from himself — and ended the quarter with $20,679. Another Republican, Krista Spencer of Novi, is seeking office but didn't report any fundraising activity for the quarter.

In the traditionally Republican 46th District in northern Oakland County, Democrat Jody LaMacchia of Oxford, running to unseat Republican Rep. John Reilly. LaMacchia,, raised $14,898 this reporting period ($42,075 total) for an ending balance of $36,855 cash on-hand. Third quarter campaign finance data for Reilly wasn't available from the Michigan Secretary of State. While Reilly filed an amended statement on October 22, those records were for his 2016 election cycle.

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