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October 30, 2013

Holaday leads in campaign funds

NEWBURYPORT — Mayor Donna Holaday continues to lead the candidates in fundraising, according to campaign finance forms filed with the city clerk this week.

Holaday, running for her third term, raised $9,009 between Sept. 8 and Oct. 26, according to municipal records. Mayoral candidate Dick Sullivan Jr. raised $5,100 during this period. Greg Earls, who left the race after coming in third in a preliminary election in mid-September, raised $1,438, according to his statement.

It continues a trend that was evident just prior to the Sept. 17 preliminary election, when the last round of campaign finance reports were filed. At that time Holaday had received $22,875 in the period of Jan. 1 to Sept. 7. Challenger Richard Sullivan Jr. had raised $6,975 and Gregory Earls had collected $4,433.

Meghan Kinsey, an at-large candidate, was the fundraising leader among the 20 candidates running for council seats with $5,960.

Candidates for municipal office recently filed their financial fundraising statements, which are due eight days before the election. Voters will go to the polls on Tuesday to elect a mayor, six ward councilors and five councilors at-large. Five are running for three seats on the School Committee.

Several council candidates filed paperwork stating they received no contributions. Those included incumbents Barry Connell, Ari Herzog and Tom O’Brien, and Ward 1 candidate Michael Ferrick.

O’Brien is unopposed in Ward 6. Connell was the top votegetter of at-large candidates two years ago.

Candidates donating $100 or more to Holaday, with notations where they exist, include the following: Leslie Asadoorian, $500; Steven Baddour, former state senator, $100; Marianne Baker, $450, youth and family director, YMCA North Shore; Joseph Barbone, CEO, Methuen Construction, $250; Michael Barry, NY Life Securities, $200; Robert Bentley, Realtor, Newburyport.com, $500; Laurie Christiansen, $500; Edward Demski, $450; Dorothy Fairweather, $500; Constance Grayson, Mass. School of Law, $300; John Guerin, consultant, Opportunity Works, $200.

Also, Ryan Hutchins, $150; former state senator James Jajuga, $100; James Kennedy, $150; Eric Loth, North Andover Holding, LLC, $500; Jeffrey Lynch, Enterprise Equipment, $250; Dennis Maguire, Maguire Co., $200; Peter Malaguti, $100; Norino Mirra, owner, Hoyt’s Lodge, $500; Joanne Mirra, owner, Hoyt’s Lodge, $500; David Morrow, $150; Elliot Newman, $100; Nancy Peace, $100; Michael Strem, president, Strem Chemicals, $500; Wayne Symonds, vice president, Methuen Construction, $250; David Tibbetts, CEO, Merrimack Valley Economic Development Council, $250; Marc Tucker, $100; James Watkins, president, Jamco Excavators, $200; Christine Zampell, clerk, Zartech, $300.

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