BRISTOL - Democratic candidate for mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu has raised more funds than her opponent, Republican Mayor Ken Cockayne, according to the most recent finance reports.
Zoppo-Sassu raised $35,460 with less than a month to the election and Cockayne has raised $30,621, according to the reports. The reports were made public on Oct. 10, and encompass all monetary donations to each campaign up to the end of September.
So far Zoppo-Sassu has spent about $10,000 on her campaign, leaving her with roughly $25,500, states her report. Cockayne has spent about $22,500 on his campaign so far, leaving him with roughly $8,100, according to the report.
“We have been overwhelmed with the level of financial support to date,” Zoppo-Sassu said. “We have over 300 individual donors as well as donations from businesses, organizations and PACs [political action committees], and money is still coming in every day. By the end of September we have already exceeded the total of what we raised in total for the 2015 race.
“I think this is indicative of the type of race we are running and the sentiment we are hearing on the street, at doors, and in the heartfelt notes enclosed with the contributions that people want a change. And due to their generosity and support, we are in position to have the resources necessary to deliver the message to likely voters that will give them the information they need about my candidacy and platform issues as we head to Election Day.”
Cockayne said, “I work for the taxpayer, the individual, not the PACs and definitely not the special interests. Most of my fundraisers have been ‘no minimum’ for contributions. We did that for a reason. I’m accessible to all and beholden to none. Despite this, our totals are great and continue to grow. We have raised more than enough to run a great campaign and I’m thankful for all the support I have.”
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