Independent candidate Joe Mahan spent more than Dave Duchak in the fall race for Miami County Sheriff, which Duchak won.

Duchak, though, spent more on his overall campaign because he also was a candidate in the four-way Republican primary in March.

Duchak won the November race with 70 percent of the vote. He was elected to fill the position held the past 28 years by Sheriff Charles Cox, who had planned to retire at year’s end. Cox, 71, died two days following the election. Duchak subsequently was appointed acting sheriff by the county commissioners.

Post-election campaign finance reports were filed by treasurers for both candidates’ campaigns before the Friday, Dec. 16, filing deadline with the county Board of Elections. 

The Committee to Elect Joe Mahan reported spending $982 following the pre-election finance report that showed $12,777 had been spent for a total of $13,759. Duchak reported spending another $8,834 after $3,679 in the fall pre-election report for a total $12,513. Duchak also reported $54 in inkind contributions in the fall campaign.

The bulk of the money for both campaigns came from the candidates themselves, according to the reports.

Mahan’s campaign reported no additional contributions following the pre-election report. Duchak’s campaign reported two individual donations totaling $150 and a $2,469 check  from the Miami County Republican Committee.

Mahan’s campaign reported a zero balance on hand and no outstanding loans. The previous report showed $12,793 in loans from the candidate. The post-election report listed those loans as paid in full.

Duchak’s campaign reported a $2,802 balance and $17,500 in outstanding loans from the candidate.