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ANDREW M. SEDER



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Two local state representatives came out of 2012 maintaining their seats in Harrisburg, but their contested re-election races were costly.


The campaign committees representing state Reps. Phyllis Mundy and Gerald Mullery ended 2012 with less than $8,000 in the bank after contested elections.


Mundy, D-Kingston, started 2012 with $35,861 in the bank, while Mullery, D-Newport Township, began with $8,511. When Jan. 1, 2013, hit, the Phyllis Mundy for State Representative Committee reported $7,401 in its coffers; Citizens for Mullery showed $6,492 in its account.


Mundy, the longest tenured member of the local delegation, was challenged by Aaron Kaufer, a Republican from Kingston. She defeated him by about 3,000 votes.


Mullery, who was seeking his second term, defeated Republican Rick Arnold, a homebuilder from Rice Township, by about 4,600 votes. This was the second consecutive election the two men squared off.


Rep. Tarah Toohil, R-Butler Township, also faced a challenger, but Butler Township Supervisor Ransom Young did not cause Toohil to draw down much of her reserves.


She beat the Democrat by a more than 2-1 margin and finished the year with $11,895, about $3,000 more than she started it with; however, the race also caused her to spend more than $73,000 last year.


The campaign for Mike Carroll, the only other legislator representing a portion of Luzerne County who found himself in a contested race in 2012, didn't spend much of its funds and ended the year with $38,662, nearly $4,000 more than it began 2012 with. He faced Republican Terrence O'Connor from Monroe County and defeated him by a nearly 2-1 margin.


All other area state representatives were up for re-election last year and all cruised to victory after nobody stepped up to challenge them.


• Friends of Sid Michael Kavulich, which serves Kavulich, D-Taylor, reported $5,214 at the end of the year.


• Friends of Karen Boback, which serves the Harveys Lake Republican, showed an ending balance of $80,193, the most of all local House members. Her campaign report shows $32,877 in unpaid debts, including $29,400 from personal loans from Boback; $3,306 listed as interest paid on loan from candidate to committee; and $170 in gasoline reimbursement owed to Boback.


• The Committee to Elect Eddie Day Pashinski had $5,361entering this year. The Wilkes-Barre Democrat made loans totaling $5,796 to his committee in 2006 and 2007, and they're still listed as unpaid debt. So too is $2,636 owed to the Best Western Genetti Hotel in Wilkes-Barre for a campaign event held there in 2007.


On the state Senate side, three of the four serving Luzerne County were not on the ballot last year and aren't on again until 2014, the next time all House members also are on the ballot.


The committee for Sen. Lisa Baker, R-Lehman Township, listed cash on hand Dec. 31 of $80,683.


• Friends of Senator John Blake, which represents the Archbald Democrat, listed $24,063.


• Citizens for John Yudichak, which serves as the campaign committee for Sen. John Yudichak, D-Plymouth Township, ended the year with $157,596.


• John Gordner, R-Berwick, was the only local senator on the ballot in 2012, but he ran unopposed and ended the year with $172,052, the most money of any local legislator's committee.

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