Ben Walsh retains fundraising lead in Syracuse mayoral race
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Mayor Ben Walsh has raised more than four times as much money as his Democratic opponent Khalid Bey since January, according to state campaign funding records updated on October 22.
The independent incumbent entered 2021 with nearly $ 300,000 in his campaign accounts, and he has since raised an additional $ 428,000. Bey raised $ 103,000 after starting the year with empty accounts.
The finance manager shows what potential voters think of the candidates, said Aarick Knighton, Walsh campaign manager.
âOur campaign relies on donations and contributions from those who believe in the mayor and his vision,â he said. “The fundraising has been an equalizer for our non-partisan message to penetrate the political environment.”
As an independent, Walsh does not receive funding from Democratic or Republican county committees, Knighton said.
Walsh was approved by 10 union organizations, while Bey was not supported by any. These labor organizations represent a total of at least $ 10,000 of Walsh’s fundraising. The mayor recently announcement his detailed campaign platform, the âPlan to Keep Rising,â at the Westcott Theater last week.
While he has far less funds to work with, this isn’t the first time Bey has approached Election Day with a fraction of her opponent’s fundraising totals. By the date of the June primary elections, his opponent, Common Councilor Michael Greene, had raised just over $ 100,000, almost triple Bey’s $ 37,000 in funds. Bey won this race by 34 votes.
The smallest fundraiser isn’t a downside, according to Erik Eure, Bey’s campaign manager.
“The people of Syracuse who support Councilor Bey are tired of failing promises and ready for change to a better Syracuse, âhe said. “Money does not vote, people do, and the Khalid Bey campaign for mayor is reaching people.
Greene raised funds on Bey until October, even though Bey won the primary and campaigned for an additional four months. Eure said it was a sign that Bey’s priority was community.
âOur campaign strategies have always been to reach the people of Syracuse with a message of change,â said Eure. âOur strategy is what it has always been, launch our appeal to the people of Syracuse. From our perspective, that’s exactly what we’ve done.
In recent months, donations to Walsh’s campaign have arrived at a higher rate and in larger quantities, according to state disclosures. After grossing just over $ 200,000 in the first half of the year, he raised nearly $ 135,000 between July and October alone. Bey raised $ 57,000 over the same four month period.
The Walsh campaign has spent nearly $ 300,000 in the past four months, more than three times the amount Bey has raised all year. Much of this money was spent on campaign expenses such as staff, signs and advertisements.
âA strategic fundraising plan was established in January that would allow the mayor to run a strong re-election campaign,â Knighton said. “This plan is being carried out and we are confident that the voters of Syracuse will once again place collaboration and progress before partisanship.”
Republican candidate Janet Burman has raised just under $ 12,000 since the start of the year. More than $ 3,000 of those funds are personal loans from Burman or her husband, according to state records.
A number of county Republicans discouraged Burman from running for mayor in January, fearing that she would withdraw votes from at least progressive Walsh and give victory to the Democratic opponent, according to syracuse.com.
Burman chose to run anyway, despite raising a tenth of Bey’s total funding. Walsh raised nearly 30 times more funds than Burman between July and September, and the money she raised in October has yet to be disclosed.
Libertarian Tom Babilon raised $ 1,300 during his main campaign against the Burman.
Walsh, Bey and Burman will face off at the polls on November 2. Advance voting started on October 23 and will run until October 31.
Posted on October 24, 2021 at 10:02 PM
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