Nor­wich cam­paign fi­nance re­ports filed

Nys­trom leads four may­oral op­po­nents, three of whom don’t plan on rais­ing more than the min­i­mum

The Day - - OBITUARIES - By CLAIRE BES­SETTE Day Staff Writer c.bes­sette@the­day.com

Nor­wich — Re­pub­li­can may­oral can­di­date Peter Nys­trom leads his four op­po­nents in cam­paign fundrais­ing thus far, but com­mit­tees fi­nanc­ing cam­paigns for City Coun­cil and Board of Ed­u­ca­tion can­di­dates have the most cash avail­able.

Cam­paign com­mit­tees and po­lit­i­cal ac­tion com­mit­tees, in­clud­ing party town com­mit­tees, were re­quired to file fi­nance re­ports Tues­day with the state Elec­tion En­force­ment Com­mis­sion.

Nys­trom and Demo­cratic May­oral can­di­date Derell Wil­son are rais­ing money for their cam­paigns, while Lib­er­tar­ian may­oral can­di­date Wil­liam Russell and pe­ti­tion­ing can­di­dates Jon Old­field and Joseph Radecki all filed pa­per­work ear­lier in the cam­paign say­ing they do not plan to raise or spend more than the min­i­mum $1,000 that trig­gers de­tailed fil­ing re­quire­ments.

Nys­trom has raised $7,805 through his Nys­trom for Nor­wich com­mit­tee, with con­tri­bu­tions from in­di­vid­u­als rang­ing from $25 to $1,000. Nys­trom has spent $895 thus far.

Wil­son has raised $3,276 through his Wil­son for Nor­wich Mayor com­mit­tee, with in­di­vid­ual con­tri­bu­tions rang­ing from $20 to $250. His Oct. 10 re­port shows ex­pen­di­tures to­tal­ing $348, but also listed $2,319 in ex­penses in­curred but not yet paid. Those bills are owed to Demo­cratic cam­paign con­sul­tant com­pany, the Vinci Group of Manch­ester.

Cur­rent Demo­cratic Mayor De­berey Hinchey — who is not seek­ing re-elec­tion — set an un­prece­dented cam­paign fundrais­ing bar in 2013, rais­ing and spend­ing more than $66,000, mostly on Vinci Group ser­vices.

Wil­son and Nys­trom do not ap­pear headed for that level of spend­ing this year.

New this year, how­ever, are the two po­lit­i­cal ac­tion com­mit­tees es­tab­lished by Democrats to sup­port can­di­dates for City Coun­cil and school board.

A Clean Slate for Nor­wich, which sup­ports the six Demo­cratic City Coun­cil can­di­dates, has raised $10,426 thus far and has spent $4,155, in­clud­ing just over $3,000 to the Vinci Group for printed cam­paign ma­te­ri­als. In­di­vid­ual do­na­tions ranged from $10 to $500. The com­mit­tee also re­ceived a $2,000 con­tri­bu­tion from the Nor­wich fire­fight­ers PAC, rep­re­sent­ing the city’s paid fire­fight­ers.

Achieve Ex­cel­lence for Nor­wich Stu­dents has raised $3,495 thus far and has spent $2,155. Do­na­tions to that PAC ranged from $5 to $500, with school board in­cum­bent can­di­date Joyce Wer­den do­nat­ing $500.

All 12 Demo­cratic coun­cil and school board can­di­dates have do­nated to one or both PACs or to Wil­son’s may­oral cam­paign com­mit­tee.

The Re­pub­li­can Town Com­mit­tee is fi­nanc­ing its slates of five City Coun­cil can­di­dates and five Board of Ed­u­ca­tion can­di­dates. The RTC started the cam­paign sea­son with $12,816 on hand but re­ceived only one $200 in­di­vid­ual con­tri­bu­tion for the lat­est re­port­ing pe­riod from July 1 through Sept. 30.

The Demo­cratic Town Com­mit­tee is less ac­tive in the fall cam­paign, show­ing to­tal funds of $5,466 since Jan­uary, with no new in­di­vid­ual con­tri­bu­tions this pe­riod, and has spent $3,205 since Jan­uary.

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