By JULIE E. GREENE
Republican challenger Robert E. Bruchey II has spent nearly three times as much as his Democratic opponent in the race for Hagerstown's mayoral seat, according to campaign finance reports.
Bruchey, who is making his first bid for public office, had spent $2,030 as of Friday, according to reports filed with the Supervisors of Elections for Washington County.
Incumbent Steven T. Sager had spent $766 in his bid for an unprecedented fourth term, according to finance reports.
Bruchey said he doesn't think he's spent that much money for a campaign that began last November.
Sager couldn't be reached for comment.
Hagerstown voters will select the city's next mayor and five City Council members in the May 20 general election.
Bruchey had raised $2,262 as of Friday, including $970 in contributions. Raffle tickets generated $697, the Washington County Republican Central Committee chipped in $200, and $395 was in the form of in-kind contributions in labor and signs.