Santos, Scarpati lead fundraising for council, mayoral campaigns in Meriden

Santos, Scarpati lead fundraising for council, mayoral campaigns in Meriden


MERIDEN — Incumbent Mayor Kevin Scarpati topped the list of mayoral and City Council candidates in individual campaign contributions from July 25 to Sept. 30, according to reports filed with the State Elections Enforcement Commission.

The next filing period covers campaign activity from Oct. 1 through Oct. 29.

Scarpati, an unaffiliated candidate, reported raising $5,235 in individual campaign contributions and another $100 in committee contributions. The campaign also reported $4,354 in expenses. Republican mayoral candidate Irene Masse raised $2,750 from individuals and $800 from the Republican Town Committee. Her campaign listed $2,009 in expenses.

Petitioning mayoral candidate Ernestine Holloway, a registered Republican, hasn’t raised money, according to the most recent filing, and reported paying $336 in expenses herself. Her campaign paid $23. The Republican Town Committee provided financial support to all its candidates, said chairman Guy Beeman. “We believe in our candidates and we support our candidates,” Beeman said. “In order to run an effective campaign they need volunteer and monetary support.”

Democratic Town Chairwoman Mille Torres-Ferguson couldn’t be reached for comment.

Republican Manny Santos, running for an at-large City Council seat, was the second-highest fundraiser among council and mayoral candidates. Santos received $4,622 in individual donations, $800 from the Republican Town Committee and $200 from another committee for $5,622 in total campaign cash. He reportedly paid $756 in expenses, and his committee paid $2,769 on its credit card, according to the most recent filing.

Miguel Castro, a Democratic City Council incumbent representing Area 1, raised the third most after his campaign reported receiving $4,160 in individual and committee contributions during the filing period and paid $1,927 in expenses.

Castro’s Republican challenger, Beth Bryan, spent $1,632 of her own money for a fundraiser held Oct. 5, past the filing deadline.

The filing didn’t include how much money she has raised. But Bryan will receive support from the Republican Town Committee, Beeman said.

At-large Democratic council incumbent David Lowell raised $2,840 during the filing period and spent $1,038 in campaign expenses, according to records.

Bruce Fontanella, a Democratic at-large council candidate, reported $2,000 in campaign donations and $766 in expenses. Republican at-large incumbent Len Rich had not filed a financial report as of Oct. 13.

Larue Graham, a Democrat councilor representing Area 2, raised $2,100 in individual and committee contributions and spent $1,530. His opponent, Republican Joshua Broekstra, reported raising $1,690 through individual and committee donations and spent $203 for the filing period.

Area 3 Republican council incumbent Daniel Brunet reported $65 on hand after receiving $900 in individual and committee contributions and paying $834 in expenses.

His Democratic opponent, Michael Reynolds, did not file a financial report.

Bob Williams, a We the People council incumbent running in Area 4, reported $20 in contributions and no campaign expenses. Williams is also endorsed by city Republicans.

Area 4 council Democratic candidate Darius Riddle raised $1,065 in individual contributions and reported $605 in expenses for the reporting period.

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