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Avedisian Leading Kirby Nearly 20-1 in Money Race

Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian's campaign reported nearly 20 times the money as his Democratic challenger.
Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian’s campaign reported nearly 20 times the money as his Democratic challenger.

Warwick, RI — Incumbent Mayor Scott Avedisian had almost 20 times the money of his Democratic opponent in the mayor’s race, perennial challenger Jack Kirby, according to the most recently filed campaign finance reports.

In his campaign’s report filed Oct. 6, Avedisian showed a balance of about $40,000 in his coffers, while Kirby showed $2,577.

Independent candidate Kevin C. Eismann filed a campaign finance exemption form that states he will not accept more than $100 in contributions or spend more than $1,000 in campaign funds.

For the period ending Oct. 6, Avedisian raised about $23,000 in contributions, among them $1,225 in donations from Warwick city employees.

Avedisian’s former press secretary Sue Baker, who recently moved to the planning department, made two contributions totalling $150 and Tourism Director Karen Jedson donated $75, among the donations from city employees reported by the campaign.

Fire Chief Edmund Armstrong and Batallion Chief David Morse, Planning Director William DePasquale, Water Division Chief Daniel O’Rourke, and Finance Director Ernest Zmyslinski were among the city department heads listed as contributors to Avedisian’s campaign.

On the spending side, the incumbent Republican paid $8,200 to Checkmate of East Greenwich for printing, mailings, and palm cards; $1,316 for his Harbor Lights fundraiser; $900 for rent on his Airport Plaza headquarters; $500 in Facebook fees; and $400 to jh Communications for website updates.

Kirby’s report shows a net increase of $1.26 in his campaign coffers, from a $2,576.47 starting balance to a final tally of $2,577.73.

The Democratic challenger reported aggregate contributions of $500 and spending of a little less than that for advertising in the Warwick Beacon [$233] and printing [$246.14] at Acumen Printing of Warwick.

Election Day 2014 is set for Nov. 4.

Joe Hutnak -
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Co-Founder and Editor-at-Large of Warwick Post. For Warwick Post-related inquiries or communications, email [email protected]

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