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Did Hamburg highway superintendent really spend almost $90,000 on race?

It looks like this year's race for Hamburg highway superintendent is the most expensive highway superintendent's campaign in Hamburg history.

Incumbent Tom Best Sr. has spent $89,357 on his race against Ted Casey, the town's traffic safety coordinator, according to financial disclosure records on the state Board of Elections website.

Did Best, a former police captain, really spend $89,000 on his race, including $56,620 for printed materials? he was asked.

"What?" he said. "Oh jeez, they'll be after me."

A quick check of records revealed that $566.20 was spent on printed materials, and the decimal point was put in the wrong place.

And total spending on the race was lowered to a more reasonable $35,400, with Casey spending $2,084 and Best spending $33,316.


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