Dickinson out-fundraising Liu so far in race for Wallingford mayor

Dickinson out-fundraising Liu so far in race for Wallingford mayor



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WALLINGFORD — In the race for mayor, Republican incumbent William W. Dickinson Jr. has out-fundraised Democratic challenger Jared Liu so far, by nearly $6,000.

“We always knew that was going to happen,” Liu said. He added that he had expected Dickinson to raise $20,000 to $25,000.

“In 2017, he had one fundraiser and out-raised us then,” he said.

The most recent campaign finance disclosure statements were due Oct. 10. The filing covers individual candidates’ campaign financial activity from July 1 to Sept. 30, including itemized contributions and expenditures. The filings also include aggregated information from past filings, due July 10 and April 10.

Dickinson began with a zero balance, since Oct. 10 was his committee’s first filing. He reported raising $16,668 in contributions from individuals, $500 from donated personal funds, $480 from a fundraising event at the Library Wine Bar and Bistro and $5,425 in program advertising purchases, for a total of $23,073.

He reported $790 from in-kind donations not considered contributions and $117 from in-kind contributions. He also reported $110 for campaign-related postage paid for by the candidate.

Of that amount, Dickinson’s committee has paid out $6,714 for expenditures, including campaign signs and stakes and costs associated with the fundraiser. He ended the period with a $16,899 balance.

Liu has been fundraising since January. He reported $6,760 in contributions from individuals during the Oct. 10 filing period. He received $330 from in-kind donations not considered contributions, and previously reported $500 in personal funds.

His total amount raised was reported at $17,680. Of that amount, Liu’s committee has paid out $1,068 during the Oct. 10 filing period, and a total of $1,268. He ended the period with a $16,412 total balance.

The next round of campaign finance disclosure statements are due Oct. 29 and cover activity from Oct. 1-27. 

Other candidates

Not all candidates running for local office in Wallingford must file campaign finance statements, just the ones who have filed an intent to fundraise and raise a minimum amount.

According to the Oct. 10 filings of the Town Council candidates who are fundraising:

■Republican Vincent Cervoni reported raising a total of $8,850, with $4,333 in campaign expenses paid by the candidate.■Democrat Jaime Hine reported raising $1,205, with $1,065 in expenses paid by his committee.■Democrat Jeff Kohan reported raising $1,340, with $2,223 in expenses paid by the candidate.■Republican Tom Laffin reported raising $3,200, with $2,082 in expenses paid by his committee.■Republican Joe Marrone III reported raising $540, with $358 in expenses paid by the candidate.■Democrat Gina Morgenstein reported raising $3,056, with $2,608 in expenses paid by the committee.■Republican Christopher Shortell reported raising $4,195, with $2,763 in expenses paid by his committee and $2,113 paid by the candidate.■Republican Christina Tatta reported raising $11,105, with $4,678 in expenses paid by her committee and $2,113 in expenses paid by the candidate. She reported paying $1,458 to Simmons Aviation, of Pawcatuck, for the airplane banner that flew over Celebrate Wallingford on Oct. 5. ■Democrat Jesse Reynolds submitted an intent to fundraise, but did not raise enough to require an itemized filing, Town Clerk Barbara Thompson said.

Only three Board of Education are fundraising. According to the Oct. 10 filings:

■Republican Autumn Allinson reported raising $1,325, with $1,276 paid by her committee.■Democrat Bryan Rivard reported raising $250, with less than $5 paid by the committee and $1,356 paid by the candidate.■Republican Ray Ross reported raising $1,250, with the same amount paid by his committee.

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