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Democrats have fundraising edge heading into primary

Heading into the primary fight for the Independence Party nomination the Democratic candidates have a big fundraising edge.

Last week Democratic mayoral candidate Joanne Yepsen declared a campaign war chest of $30,388.90 and Republican mayoral candidate Shauna Sutton had $16,261.09. Democratic accounts candidate John Franck, incumbent, had $9,743.32 and Republican accounts candidate John Arpei had $3,800.00.

The Republican candidates submitted petitions to mount write-in candidacies for the Independence Party nominations. The Independence Party endorsed Yepsen and Franck, so their names will appear on the ballot.

These early August filings come about a month after the July filings, when most of the Democratic city council candidates had a fundraising advantage.

In the month between filings, the biggest fundraiser was Yepsen, who amassed $17,611.00. A large portion of the money came from a fundraiser headlined by U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY.

It's also interesting to note that based on contributions, the Saratoga Casino & Raceway, and its harness racing interests, seem to prefer Yepsen. She received $250 from the racino and $250 from Saratoga harness interests.

Sutton's fundraising, which totaled $9,350.00 in the last month, was notable for the fact that it was all raised from only 21 sources. Arpei is relying on even fewer donors, as he received a $50 contribution and loaned his campaign $4,000.

Franck and Yepsen both spent money to retain election lawyer Kathleen O'Keefe.

The primary is scheduled for September.

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