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Columbiana County politician raffles firearms to raise funds

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A candidate for Columbiana County Auditor is using a method to raise campaign funds that's becoming more prevalent. 

Brandon Kovach is raffling off firearms.

Although several politicians around the country have used the lure of firearms to raise campaign money, most of them have been republicans or independent candidates,

Kovach is a democrat - a political party that has a reputation (deserved or not) of favoring stronger gun control laws. 

Kovach announced on his Facebook page that he is selling raffle tickets at ten dollars each, for a chance to win a stainless steel Ruger 10/22 and a turkey/waterfowl Mossberg 535 shotgun worth a total of $750.

Kovach tells 21 News that although he is a hunter, he believes in background checks for gun ownership. He also points out that he is not selling chances to buy handguns or assault rifles, as some politicians have done.

The drawing will be held on September 1, and Kovach says people must be legally able to own a gun to qualify.

He faces incumbent Republican Auditor Nancy Gause Milliken in November.

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