NORWALK, Conn. – Mayor Richard Moccia took in more funding over a longer period of time than Democratic challenger Harry Rilling, according to the latest filings by the two Norwalk mayoral campaigns.
Moccia closed the latest filing period with $47,180 in donations as of the Sept. 30 filing deadline, which covered the last fiscal quarter. That influx gives the four-term mayor’s campaign more than $70,000 total to date.
“We had a great couple of quarters, and we are right on budget with four additional fundraisers to take place before the election," campaign manager and Republican Town Committee Chairman Art Scialabba said in a press release.
“Our message of Protecting Norwalk’s Future is resonating with the public and donors, as Mayor Moccia is the only candidate that can guarantee that the progress made with his leadership is not abruptly stopped with a change in leadership," Scialabba added.
Rilling raised $36,380 in his latest filing period, which stretched from Sept. 2 to Oct. 3. The former police chief and current member of Norwalk’s Zoning Commission also put in a large push before the Democratic primary on Sept. 10. He had collected more than $64,000 total before the last filing before that vote on Sept. 3.
“I have been amazed at the generous response of so many personal friends, community activists and leaders in Norwalk during my fundraising efforts,” Rilling said in a press release. “These results prove that the people want new leadership for a better Norwalk.”
Rilling led a Norwalk Daily Voice readers’ poll that started the day after his victory in the Democratic primary. According to that unscientific poll, 51 percent of voters would choose Rilling, compared with 45 percent for Moccia. About 4 percent of the respondents were still undecided.
Norwalk’s voters will have the final decision on Election Day, Nov. 5. Before then the candidates are scheduled to meet in a series of live debates throughout October, starting Wednesday evening.
CORRECTION: This story has been corrected to accurately reflect the filing periods for the two candidates.
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