The race for Cayuga County clerk has seen candidates spend a notable $39,879, as revealed by a review of state campaign finance filings by The Auburn Citizen.
Democrat Brian Scanlan leads in spending with $17,610 and has raised $24,345 — the highest amongst the candidates. Conservative Kristine Lytle has generated $16,413 and spent $14,496, while Republican Chris Petrus has fundraised $10,764 and spent $7,773 of it.
This is the first contested election for the job in two decades.
Sue Dwyer, who won in 2003, ran without opposition in subsequent elections until 2019. She has opted out of the race this year.
The candidates bring varied experiences: Lytle has 16 years at the county Department of Motor Vehicles, Petrus serves as a parole officer and county legislator, and Scanlan is a retired firefighter and business owner.
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