NEW BRITAIN - With under a month until the city‚Äôs municipal election, the third quarter of fundraising is officially over.
After the quarter ended Saturday, Sept. 30, mayoral candidates filed their third-quarter fundraising amounts Tuesday. Democratic challenger Merrill Gay announced his campaign raised $29,660 in the third quarter, bringing the campaign‚Äôs total war chest to more than $60,000.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm humbled by the hard work and support of my team, the DTC (Democratic Town Committee), and supporters in our town,‚ÄĚ Gay said in the fundraising announcement. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre working toward a real change, here; that‚Äôs what I‚Äôm fighting for.‚ÄĚ
Incumbent Republican Mayor Erin Stewart announced Tuesday that her campaign raised $41,345 in the third fundraising quarter, bringing the campaign‚Äôs total to more than $80,000.
‚ÄúThe strong support that I have received from residents, business owners and friends is testament to the direction that people want to see our city headed,‚ÄĚ Stewart said in the fundraising announcement. ‚ÄúOver the last four years, we have made amazing progress for our community, but our work is not done yet. This support will ensure that our success stories and vision reaches residents before they head to the polls November 7. Team Stewart and I look forward to continue ‚ÄėLeading the Way.‚Äô‚ÄĚ
In the second fundraising quarter, Gay raised $26,000 and Stewart raised $20,910. Al Mayo, running as a petitioning candidate for the second straight election, has not filed any fundraising totals.
Stewart announced her bid for a third term in January. Gay, a member of the Board of Education since 2014, formally announced his candidacy for mayor in April, joining Mayo as potential Stewart challengers. Both Merrill and Stewart received their party‚Äôs endorsements in July.
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 7.
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