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GOP candidate spends heavily in treasurer race

Published:   |   Updated: September 3, 2014 at 11:26 PM

DOVER, Del. (AP) Republican Ken Simpler has spent more than $120,000 in the past three weeks in advance of the GOP primary for state treasurer.

Simpler on Wednesday reported raising about $14,600 in the three weeks ending Sept. 1, while spending more than $122,000, mostly on media buys and advertising.

Simpler, a chief financial officer for a Delaware-based hotel management company who previously oversaw a billion-dollar portfolio as a hedge fund executive, faces businesswoman Sher Valenzuela in the Sept. 9 primary.

Valenzuela's report was not available Wednesday afternoon.

The winner of the Republican primary faces Democrat Sean Barney, a former policy director for Gov. Jack Markell.

Barney's finance report also was not available Wednesday afternoon, but Markell's political action committee reported giving the maximum allowable $1,200 contribution to Barney's campaign.

In another statewide race, Democratic candidate for state auditor Brenda Mayrack reported raising about $15,000 during the three-week reporting period while spending about $52,000. Her primary opponent, Ken Matlusky, reported donations of about $3,200, with half of that amount coming from himself, and spending about $1,500.

The winner of the Democratic auditor primary takes on Republican incumbent Tom Wagner in November.

Perhaps the most impressive fundraising effort during the reporting period was that of Democratic state Sen. Bryan Townsend of Newark. Townsend reported raising more than $31,000 while spending about $4,500. Several of the contributions to Townsend, an attorney, came from fellow members of the legal community, including recently retired chief justice Myron T. Steele.

Townsend's primary opponent, New Castle County councilman David Tackett, raised about $2,800 while spending about $2,100.

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