Candidates Miss Financial Report Deadline

Only two of the five candidates in last month's Seekonk Board of Selectmen election turn in their financial statements covering the final period of the campaign.

The deadline to submit statements on fundraising and spending in the final days of was last week. However, only Nelson Almeida and Dave Parker met the deadline. The other three candidates said they would submit their statements on Wednesday.

Almeida, a political newcomer who placed a surprising third in the contest, spent $45 on signs, thank-you cards and stamps in the last week of the campaign prior to the April 2 election, according to his statement. He did not collect any money.

Parker, the lone incumbent and top vote-getter, raised and spent no money during the final campaign period.

Town Clerk Jan Parker had not received statements from candidates Gary Sagar, Bob Blanchard and David Viera as of Monday afternoon.

Viera, a former selectman who finished fifth in this year's contest, told Patch that he did not raise or spend any money during the final week, but he needed to make an adjustment on his report covering the first period of the campaign. He had mistakenly not included the tax amount in reporting his meet and greet at the , so it cost $107 rather than $100 as he had written. Viera said he would submit the revised report on Wednesday.

Sagar, who placed second in the race, said a report from his and Blanchard's joint campaign would be submitted on Wednesday. He did not specify what it would include.

Reports covering the first period of the campaign were submitted March 26. According to those statements, Sagar and Blanchard were the top spenders with $3,226. Next on the list was Almeida with $1,379. He was followed by Viera ($741) and Parker ($379).



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