HUDSON — Two political action committees with opposing views on the Downtown Phase II ballot issue in May combined to raise more than $8,400 in the latter stages of their campaigns.

Issue 11, which asked residents if they favored having the city continue with the proposed downtown project, was defeated May 7 by a tally of 2,578 to 2,395, according to official certified results from the Summit County Board of Elections.

The current proposal calls for 138,000 square feet of office space, 73-75 town homes, 50 condominium flats above businesses and a 250- to 300-space parking structure, however, council has asked Phase II developer Joel Testa to come up with scaled-back plans for the project. City legislators have asked Testa to return July 9 with options that would decrease the number of offices and residences, eliminate the parking structure, and add green space.

Citizens For An Informed Hudson campaigned in favor of Issue 11, while Hudson’s Voice LLC campaigned against Issue 11. Earlier this month, the groups filed their post-primary election campaign finance reports.

The reports listed donations received and money expended by the political action committees from April 18 to June 7.

Citizens For An Informed Hudson

Citizens For An Informed Hudson brought forward $3,949 from its previous report. The political action committee accepted $1,515 in monetary contributions during the post-primary election reporting period, according to the report filed with the board of elections by committee treasurer Robert P. Drew. The committee had a total of $5,464 in funds available; the organization spent $5,058 and ended with a balance on hand of $405.

The highest individual contributions received by the committee were a $250 check from DC Forhan and a $125 check from Vertical Runner. The committee also received seven individual donations of $100 each from: George Roth; Peter Eells; Michael Coburn; Gregory Wybel; Robert Drew; Robert Bellin and Joe Creehan.

The highest committee expenditures were: $3,173 paid to GateHouse Media Ohio — Hudson Hub-Times for advertising; and $975 paid to GateHouse Media Ohio — Record-Courier, also for advertising.

The committee received an in-kind contribution of online search fees valued at $350 from Nicole Kowlaski.

Hudson’s Voice, LLC

Hudson’s Voice, LLC brought forward $1,480 from its previous report. The political action committee accepted $6,910 in monetary contributions during the post-primary election reporting period, according to the report filed with the board of elections by committee treasurer Edward B. Stein. The committee had a total of $8,390 in funds available; the organization spent that entire amount, leaving a balance on hand of zero. 

Resident John D. Ong, who served as the U.S. Ambassador to Norway from 2001 to 2005, made two separate donations ($3,975 and $575) to the committee which totaled $4,550. Resident Rick Schultz made a $2,000 contribution.

The top committee expenditures were: $7,062 paid to resident Jessie Flagg Obert for reimbursement for Hudson Hub-Times ad costs; $635 paid to Printing Concepts for fliers; and $585 paid to Connick Law LLC for legal services.

Hudson’s Voice, LLC Treasurer Ed Stein marked a box on the report form indicating that the committee wished to terminate with its post-primary election submission.

Reporter Phil Keren can be reached at 330-541-9421, pkeren@recordpub.com, or on Twitter at @keren_phil.