Campaign spending has dropped since the spring primary, when more local races were contested.
Several candidates raised and spent more than $10,000 each during the crowded races for the Republican nominations in May. But fewer candidates for local office face competition in the general election, and spending has fallen off.
Most candidates for Johnson County offices are spending a few hundred or few thousand dollars this fall on yard signs and other campaign expenses, if they’re spending anything at all.
Less than $4,000 has been spent on the only contested local race that isn’t for a school board seat. Johnson County Council member Ron West, a Republican, and Democrat Daniel Hardcastle are seeking to become the Johnson County commissioner who represents the northern third of the county.
West has spent $3,439 of his own money on signs, ads and his campaign website. Hardcastle received $500 from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and spent that and another $147 of his own money to print campaign materials.