Sagar, Blanchard Top Campaign Spending
The two-man team running for Seekonk Board of Selectmen seats has spent more than $3,000.
Most of the money being spent in this year's Seekonk Board of Selectmen election campaign is coming from three candidates, and two of them are running as a team. The combined campaign of Gary Sagar and Robert Blanchard has spent $3,226 as of Monday, according to the finance report submitted to the Town Clerk's Office. The next-biggest spender is political newcomer Nelson Almeida with $1,379.
Former Selectman and Fire Chief David Viera has spent $741. Dave Parker, the lone incumbent in the race, has spent $379.
The five men are running for two three-year seats on the board. Election Day is Monday. Voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Seekonk High School.
Sagar contributed $1,100 to the team campaign and Blanchard chipped in another $1,000. Robert Read, a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals, added $15. The rest of the money came from people who purchased tickets at a fundraiser that took place at the Knights of Columbus hall.
The team's spending included $929 on signs, $635 on advertising with Reporter Today, $611 on advertising with Senior Digest, $420 on fliers, $300 for a donation to the Save a Pet Society and $330 to hold the fundraiser.
The duo has $468 remaining in its account.
Almeida has funded his campaign, spending money on signs ($1,329) and business cards ($48). Viera received a $50 check from Cable Access Board member Beverly Hart and put up $691 to pay for a $100 meet and greet at the Luxury Box and $641 worth of signs. Parker's self-funded campaign has spent money to advertise with Reporter Today ($295) and on fliers ($84).
There has not been much spending in the School Committee race, in which three men are running for two three-year seats. Brian Freitas has spent $367 of his own money on signs ($319) and business cards ($47). Incumbent Mitch Vieira has spent no money. Write-in candidate Jeffrey Starr Mararian did not submit a report.
The next report must be submitted 30 days after Election Day.