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McAuliffe outspends Smrtic in Family Court race

McAuliffe outspends Smrtic in Family Court race

Republican primary is on Sept. 13
McAuliffe outspends Smrtic in Family Court race
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FULTON COUNTY  -- Michael Smrtic, a candidate in the Republican Party primary for Fulton County Family Court Judge, reported raising no money in the latest 32-day pre-primary period, according to state campaign finance disclosures. 

Smrtic, a Gloversville-based attorney, raised $17,032 during the first of the summer's pre-primary finance disclosure periods, known as the July Periodic Report. That was a little less than half the $35,413 raised by his opponent, Fulton County public defender J. Gerard McAuliffe Jr., during the period from May until Aug. 10.  

The two candidates will face each other in the Sept. 13 Republican primary to replace retiring Fulton County Family Court Judge Edward F. Skoda. There is no Democratic candidate for the office.

Both candidates have donated heavily to their own campaigns. McAuliffe has given his own campaign $31,500, more than double the $14,632 Smrtic has contributed to his campaign. 

Smrtic raised $2,350 in private contributions, more than double the $880 raised by McAuliffe. Smrtic's largest private contributor was $1,000 from Dorothea Studenic of Gloversville. McAuliffe's largest contributor was $500 from John S. Ruggiero. 

Smrtic reports spending $15,772 since May. His largest expense was paying consulting firm Win Equation, of Amsterdam, $8,745, more than half of that going toward campaign literature. He also spent $4,799 at Derby Office Equipment in Gloversville. 

So far, McAuliffe's Family Court judge campaign reports spending $24,564. His largest expenses have been for printing letters, postage, campaign envelopes, rack cards, lawn signs, car magnets and window signs, spending a combined $13,806 at Miller Printing & Litho, of Amsterdam, in May and June. He also spent $3,110 on billboard advertising, $2,340 at Latham-based Lamar and $770 with Park Outdoor Advertising, from Ithaca. 

Both candidates spent money on radio advertising at WENT radio station in Gloversville, currently owned by Whitney Broadcasting. Smrtic spent $1,995 on radio ads in June. McAuliffe's campaign purchased $4,200 worth of radio ads on July 30.  

By the numbers

Money raised by candidates
J. Gerard McAuliffe Jr. $35,413
Michael W. Smrtic $17,032

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