NORWALK, Conn. – Democratic incumbent Mayor Harry Rilling has raised nearly $100,000 more than Republican-endorsed opponent Lisa Brinton in his drive for reelection.
The Rilling campaign had raised a total $138,495 as of Oct. 27 while the Brinton campaign had raised $42,965, according to documents submitted Tuesday to the Town Clerk’s Office. Rilling had $47,809 on hand at the end of the period while Brinton had $10,530.38.
Campaigns are required to file a report seven days ahead of the election.
The Rilling campaign released a statement, crowing about “$145,000 in total contributions (including in-kind contributions) from over 490 individual contributions – 70% of which are from Norwalk residents.”
Brinton did not reply to a request for a response. Her campaign filing did not list any in-kind contributions.
“I continue to be so thankful to the working men and women of Norwalk for supporting my campaign,” Rilling said in a statement. “I believe that Norwalk is on the right track. As our financial ratings, job opportunities, grand list and population show – we are a city on the rise. People want to come here and I want to continue to welcome them here. Economic development is underway across the city, crime is down in every neighborhood and our schools continue to improve – ranking first among our peers on the most recent state report card. I wake up every day believing in this city and its enormous potential. I hope to earn your support, your confidence, trust, and respect once again on November 5th.”
Brinton has characterized her campaign as “David versus Goliath.”
Rilling’s report lists one additional $1,000 contributor: Thomas Collella of Buffalo, N.Y., Vice President of Highway Rehab Corp. In addition, there’s a $500 contribution from self-employed consultant Jim Giuliano of West Hartford, bringing his total contribution to $1,000.
Brinton’s report reveals that former Common Council member David McCarthy, now a resident of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., contributed $350 to make his total contribution $1,000, the maximum allowed.
Rilling’s October expenses include $30,000 to City & State LLC, under a code that indicates it’s for direct mailing. Brinton’s October expenses include $7, 669.74 for mailers, $3,196 for ads on Altice and $1,462 for a video.