If second quarter fundraising numbers are any indication, the crowded race for the mayor’s office in Stamford promises to be a big money contest.
Democrat William Tong says he brought in more than $150,000 in the quarter, which ended June 30, while Democrat David Martin raised $122,864, a sum that includes a $75,000 loan from the candidate.
Republican Michael Fedele, Connecticut’s former lieutenant governor, says he raised $113,892.00 in the same three-month span.
The race to fill the open mayoral seat promises to be one of the most intensely fought of the 2013 municipal election cycle.
Fedele’s campaign spokesman, Chris Cooper, trumpeted the fact that just 25 percent of Tong’s campaign contributions came from city residents. “Tong’s donations come from France, Maryland, Texas,” Cooper said, adding that Tong’s campaign finance filing form ”looks a little like a geography quiz.”
Tong campaign manager Josh Fedeli said Tong’s contributions reflect the statewide connections he has forged as a sitting legislator.
“William has done very well raising money in Stamford,” Fedeli said. “He also has broad-based political support across the state given his role in the legislature….I don’t believe it should be held against him that he has donors from outside the city.”
Cooper says about 70 percent of Fedele’s donors are from Stamford. A high-number of hometown donors, he added, is a sign of a candidate’s strength. Fedele “can literally go into any neighborhood in the city and run into people he’s know for years,” Cooper said. “That is reflective of the kind of support his campaign is getting financially.”
In a press release, Martin also noted that the bulk of his 197 contributors are Stamford residents. “Our fundraising strength this quarter shows that our campaign is supported by, committed to, and accountable to Stamford residents,” Martin said. “Our focus will remain on the community and on the issues most important to Stamford.”
Republican Jerry Pia, a member of the city’s board of education, is also running.