Westport Dem candidates' war chests outstrip GOP rivals
Less than a month before the Nov. 8 municipal election, Democratic candidates are outpacing their Republican competitors in campaign fundraising, according to filings submitted this week to the Town Clerk's Office.
A Democrat posted the highest fundraising totals in each of the races for the Board of Finance, Board of Education and Planning and Zoning Commission during the last reporting period, which ran from July 1 to Sept. 30.
There is no race for the first selectman's post this year.
Board of Education candidate Michael Gordon led all the contenders in amassing a campaign war chest, raising approximately $17,000. Several prominent Democrats have donated to his campaign committee, including U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman Ron Corwin, Selectwoman Shelly Kassen and Board of Education Chairman Don O'Day. No contributor to Gordon's campaign gave more than $250.
Gordon's campaign spent about $2,500 during the last reporting period, expenditures that were devoted entirely to palm cards. Heading into the campaign's last three weeks, his campaign committee has a balance on hand of approximately $14,900, according to his committee's filings.
Gordon, who heads a strategic communications firm, is running for his first term on the school board.
Democrat Janis Collins, a candidate for the Board of Finance, ranked second in campaign contributions, collecting a total of $9,000. Donors to her campaign committee included First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, Board of Finance Chairwoman Helen Garten and Town Attorney Ira Bloom.
Among P&Z candidates, Democrat Jennifer Johnson was the top fundraiser, collecting about $8,700 from individual contributors. None of the four Republican candidates for the P&Z raised more than $1,000 during the last reporting period.
Board of Finance candidate John Pincavage was the top Republican fundraiser during the last reporting period, with a total of approximately $5,300 in individual contributions.
Candidates for municipal office will file campaign contributions and expenditures paperwork for the next reporting period, which runs from Oct. 1 to Oct. 25. Those filings are due in the Town Clerk's Office on Nov. 1.