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November 1, 2013

Gould tops in fundraising for Peabody City Council

Bettencourt raises $35,000 in uncontested race


At-large council candidate Russ Donovan reported no money raised and no money spent as of Oct. 26.

At-large council candidate Margaret Tierney, a former library trustee, had not filed a report as of Wednesday afternoon.

Ward 2

Incumbent Ward 2 councilor Arthur Athas collected $2,213 as of Oct. 28 and still has $735 remaining. Opponent Peter McGinn, by contrast, raised $9,921 and still had $4,615 as of Oct. 18.

McGinn, who has not run for office before, lists contributions from former Mayor Mike Bonfanti and numerous family members. McGinn loaned his campaign $3,000 .

Ward 3

Running in Ward 3, Thomas Serino has collected $1,905, with $911 still remaining. Former ward councilor James “Demo” Moutsoulas reported no donations but had spent $600.

Ward 5

In a Ward 5 race between two newcomers, candidate Joel Saslaw tallied $13,597 raised, with $2,343 still on hand and roughly $4,000 in liabilities. His donors include Mayor Ted Bettencourt, former Mayor Mike Bonfanti, state Rep. Leah Cole, retiring Ward 5 Councilor Dave Gamache and lawyer Jack Keilty.

Robert Croce raised $1,324 as of Oct. 21 and spent all but $24. The bulk of the contributions are in loans made by the candidate to the campaign. Dick Jarvis, the husband of the late Rep. Joyce Spiliotis and Croce’s cable television colleague, also contributed.

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