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RightAlign.114Wallingford mayoral candidates’ fundraising in the Oct. 1-27 reporting period:RightAlign.114RightAlign.114

RightAlign.108 RightAlign.108DickinsonZandri

This period $4,130$9,182

This period - individuals $4,080$5,865

This period from PACs $0$3,052

Overall $21,753$36,926

On hand $919$11,027

Spent this period $14,030$RightAlign.10811,005

RightAlign.114Source: RightAlign.114town clerk’s office

WALLINGFORD — Republican incumbent William W. Dickinson Jr. and Democratic challenger Jason Zandri have combined to raise nearly $59,000 in the race for mayor.

Tuesday marked the last filing date for campaign finance reports before the Nov. 5 election. The prior mandatory filing date was Oct. 10, when Dickinson’s campaign reported contributions totaling $17,623 since he began his fundraising effort, after July 10. Zandri’s campaign started fundraising months earlier, and by the Oct. 10 filing date, had raised $28,294.

In early October, Zandri predicted he would surpass the $30,000 mark in total fundraising, which he did, according to Tuesday’s filing, raising $36,926 compared to Dickinson’s total of $21,753.

Zandri’s campaign raised $9,182 during the filing period, Oct. 1 to Oct. 27, compared to Dickinson’s $4,130. Dickinson has spent $20,833 of the money he has brought in, leaving him with $919 on hand as of Tuesday. The campaign spent $14,030 between Oct. 1 and Oct. 27.

Zandri’s campaign has spent $26,449, leaving him with $11,027 on hand as of Tuesday. Zandri spent $11,005 between Oct. 1 and Oct. 27.

Dickinson said his largest expenditure was on campaign mailings. According to his filing, he spent $3,684 for mailings on Oct. 8, Oct. 22 and Oct. 25. He spent $2,160 for newspaper advertising on Oct. 23.

“When you’re out campaigning, it really doesn’t cost you anything,” Dickinson said. “It’s the materials that cost money.”

There’s no set goal when it comes to fundraising, Dickinson said.

“You try to cover what you expect will be your expenses,” he said.

This year’s fundraising efforts “have been adequate for our purposes,” Dickinson added. “Not probably ideal, but adequate.”

The just over $11,000 left on hand for Zandri after Tuesday’s reporting period will quickly disappear. Over $8,000 was spent on newspaper advertising that has already appeared, he said.

“I plan to spend it all,” Zandri said of the money he has raised. “There’s really not much benefit in having money left over. Every dollar I don’t spend is a voter unreached.”

In the last month, individual contributions to Dickinson’s campaign included $300 from Jonathan Gavin, $260 from Adam Mantzaris, $150 from Sharon Sanders and $120 from Joseph Voytek. Mantzaris, retired corporation counsel, has contributed a total of $840 to the campaign.

Jim Vitali, Lydia Gouveia and Christopher Regan all contributed $250 to Zandri’s campaign. He also received $200 each from William Lanzoni, Jr., Pasquale Nastri and James Zafiris.

Zandri’s largest contributions came from union political action committees. According to his filing, the U.A. Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 777 PAC of Meriden contributed $800. The Central CT Carpenters Local Union 24 PAC of Wallingford contributed $1,000. The Operating Engineers Continuing Local 478 PAC of Hamden donated $500. The IBEW Local Union 90 PAC of Wallingford also contributed $500.

“The Republicans would be quick to say the unions are always going to support a Democrat because we’re for the workers,” Zandri said. “I feel if you have proper synergy between workers and administration, you get a lot more out of it.”

Zandri said he approached unions and told them “I’m looking for your support.

“They want to make sure my values align with theirs and I’m looking to support people,” Zandri said. “In turn, they are willing to support the administration.”

“I definitely struck a chord with the unions,” he added.

Dickinson said he puts unions in the category of special interests, therefore he has not solicited support in the same way as Zandri.

“I try not to contact special interest groups,” he said. “It can become a conflict. They are parties who do business with the town.”

If a group were to write him a check, Dickinson said he would not turn it down, but “we don’t solicit,” he said. “Where you are doing business with a party, or you have need to oversee them, it has a potential to be a conflict.” (203) 317-2224 Twitter: @Andyragz

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