AMESBURY — Mayor Ken Gray has raised four times the campaign funds of his closest opponent in a bid for a fourth term, according to state records.
Gray raised $12,619.99 as of Aug. 31, according to the latest filing with the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance.
Three challengers, Kassandra Gove, Ted Semesnyei and James Thivierge, are running to unseat Gray.
Although all four candidates will appear on the preliminary election ballot Tuesday, only Gray has raised more than $4,000.
Among Gray's largest donors were Arc Technologies founder Dan Healey and Act Glass Inc. owner and School Committee member Tim Kisieleski, who each gave $1,000 to the campaign, according to the state reports.
Gray's campaign received $500 donations from Wayne Capolupo, SPS New England's chairman and CEO; Amesbury Industrial Supply owner Greg Jardis; Designwerkes Inc. president and CEO Stephen Kille; self-employed glass artist Illene Kille; Merrimac Tool owner Alan Porter; and Steven Callahan of Callahan Construction Managers.
State records indicate Gray's campaign received $250 donations from Global Property Developers Inc. senior project manager Michael Gorman; CI Works Chief Financial Officer and co-founder Mark Friery; McPartland Corp. owner John McPartland; Hatter's Point Marina manager Paula McPartland; retired Orchard Street resident Robert Small; and Eastern Propane district manager James Blake. Retired Whitehall Road residents George and Nancy Werner each donated $250.
On the expense side, state records say Gray has spent $1,775.74, including $380 on yard signs at Age Graphics LLC and $500 on legal expenses with Boston-based Bowditch & Dewey LLP.
Gray also loaned his campaign $1,340.90, of which $871.32 came from a pre-existing loan. The mayor's campaign reported spending $403.58 on invitation printing at Staples and $66 on postage.
Gove is executive director of the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce, but is on a leave of absence until after the municipal election Nov. 5.
Gove's campaign raised $3,023.35 through August with retired Merrimac Street resident and School Committee committee Melvin Webster her largest, single donor, giving her $200 and $100 donations, according to state records.
Her campaign received $200 donations from Bartley Machine and Manufacturing Inc. owner Richard Bartlet; Plymouth Rock Assurance sales manager Patricia Mellon; Cloudburst Group manager and former District 6 City Councilor Jonathan Sherwood; and Gould Insurance Agency manager Shelly Toland.
Gove's campaign reported $3,124.57 in outstanding liabilities, including $3,041.41 spent at Northeast Digital Imaging LLC for campaign lawn signs. Records also say Gove loaned her campaign $83.16 for her campaign kickoff event.
Her campaign reported spending $96 on cookies for a campaign event and receiving $700 in in-kind contributions for campaign event food and beverages from Crave owner Sean Toomey and former School Committee member Amy Sherwood.
State records indicate Semesnyei's campaign took in $925 through August, with retired Erie Community College biology professor Judith Matheisz his largest, single donor, giving the campaign $200.
Semesnyei also loaned his campaign $300 and spent $200 on pamphlets at Staples, while receiving a $50 in-kind contribution for yard sign help from Lions Mouth Road resident Steve Martin.
Semesnyei has also loaned his campaign an additional $865.11, of which $426.42 was spent on yard signs and $138.69 was spent on pamphlets, according to state records.
The Office of Campaign and Political Finance had no reports filed by Thivierge as of Tuesday afternoon.
Also on Tuesday, Gray received the endorsement of Gov. Charlie Baker.
In a press release from Gray's campaign, Baker gave the mayor his full support.
"Ken Gray is the only qualified candidate in the race for Amesbury mayor and I'm proud to announce my support for his re-election," Baker said.
Baker said Amesbury has "achieved unprecedented success" under Gray's leadership.
"After bringing his 30+ years of private sector experience to Amesbury City Hall, Mayor Gray has proven that government works better when an experienced leader is at the helm applying real world solutions to the most pressing problems facing our communities,” Baker said.
Staff writer Jim Sullivan covers Amesbury and Salisbury for The Daily News. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 978-961-3145. Follow him on Twitter @ndnsully.