House hopefuls file their reports

WARREN – The $342,000 U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce raised in the third quarter helped the Republican triple his cash advantage over his likely Democratic opponent in what is shaping up to be one of the hottest Congressional races in Ohio next year.

Joyce, of Russell Township, heads into the last three months of 2013 with a little more than $1 million in his campaign finance account, according to reports due to the Federal Election Commission by Tuesday.

Joyce’s likely opponent in the 14th Congressional District, which includes the northern portion of Trumbull County, is Michael Wager. He raised $186,000 in the period and has $327,000 cash on hand.

Joyce also held an advantage on the spending side, spending $87,000 to the $63,000 spent by Wager

The district is one of the top targets in 2014 of the House Majority PAC, a super PAC – political action committee – committed to getting Democrats elected in the House, and this seat is one of about half a dozen being focused on by the group.

U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, also holds a cash advantage over his expected Democratic opponent in Ohio’s U.S. 6th Congressional District, but to a lesser degree.

Johnson had $315,000 at the close of reporting. Jennifer Garrison, a former state representative from southeast Ohio who has announced her intention to run in 2014, has raised $155,000 during the cycle, her first, and has $100,000 in her account.

Johnson, in his second term in the sprawling district that includes the southern part of Mahoning County, raised $269,000 in the period. He spent $84,000.

Democrat U.S. Rep. Timothy J. Ryan, in his sixth term, raised $73,000 and has $117,515 in his account. Ryan, of Niles, spent $66,000. He is unopposed so far in the 13th Congressional District, which includes parts of Trumbull, Mahoning, Portage, Summit and Stark counties.

The reporting period is July 1 through Sept. 30.