Lawn signs and mailings and door hangers, oh my!
QUINCY – Now in the depths of election season, you probably have seen more campaign signs and found more fliers in your mailbox than you though possible.
That is because the city council candidates, who largely had been building up their campaign funds over the summer, have switched into spending mode – which means it’s a good time of year to be in the printing business in Quincy.
The Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance, the state agency that keeps track of political spending, this week posted the numbers as of Oct. 1. The election is Tuesday, Nov. 7.
In the at-large race, in which six candidates are vying for three seats, longtime city councilor Dan Raymondi, who most recently served as the city’s director of public works, still maintains a sizable cash lead with $63,606 in his war chest. He had more than $117,000 at the start of September, but spent nearly half of that six-figure amount on a combination of fliers, signs, letters, cards and bumper stickers.
Incumbent at-large councilor Noel DiBona has second most in the race, with $40,725 as of the start of the month. That’s down about $10,000 from a month ago, with much of that going to a couple of different printing companies, as well as donations to the likes of the Quincy Youth Soccer League and the Dove anti-domestic-violence organization.
Incumbent at-large councilor Nina Liang has $32,148 on hand after spending about $6,000 on printing up various campaign items.
Current Ward 1 councilor Margaret Laforest, who’s running in the citywide at-large race, has $25,399 in her war chest. She spent around $14,000 on printing signs and letters, and additionally used her money to host several campaign events and donate to some causes such as the Snug Harbor PTO and Quincy Youth Soccer.
School committee member Anne Mahoney, who is also running for an at-large seat, has $17,813 on hand, up by a couple thousand from Sept. 1. She’s spent a few hundred for postage, food for volunteers and advertisements at a local festival and in The Quincy Sun.
Steve Tougas, a ward chairman for the Quincy Republican City Committee who’s also running in the at-large race, has neither raised nor spent any money, according to the state.
William Harris, the incumbent in Ward 6, also has spent a couple thousand on printing, but he’s also gone other routes, spending several hundred dollars on Facebook advertisements, and $135 on robo-calls. He currently has $4,539 on hand after spending more than half of his campaign money over the course of September, including some donations to causes such as relief for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Challenging him for the seat is small-business owner Herbert “Alie” Shaughnessey III, who has $11,441. This past month he spent more than $4,000 on a combination of mailings and door hangers, and $997 more on robo-calls.
In Ward 5, incumbent Kirsten Hughes paid $2,750 for campaign services to the state Republican Party, which she chairs. She now has $10,341 on hand, up just over $3,000 from Sept. 1.
Her challenger, Michael Hurley, a data manger for the state Department of Environmental Protection, in the second half of September spent money for the first time, putting $428 into printing campaign items. He now has $322, up from the $300 he had as of Sept. 1.
In the race for the open Ward 1 seat vacated by Laforest, David McCarthy, director of security for General Dynamics, has $8,482 on hand as of the start of this month after having nearly double that at the start of September. He spent most of the difference on printing campaign items such as postcards, bumper stickers and signs.
Joseph Murphy, an administrator as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, spent just over $200 in September on a combination of signs, T-shirts and Facebook advertisements. He now has $379, up from $214 as of Sept. 1.
– Sean Cotter covers Quincy for the Ledger. He may be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at 617-786-7049. Like the Ledger page on Facebook to follow more South Shore news.