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Chesebrough winning fundraising battle in Stonington first selectman race

Stonington — Democratic first selectman candidate Danielle Chesebrough has raised more than twice as much in campaign funds as her Republican opponent, John Prue, in the eight-week reporting period that ended Sept 30.

Campaign finance reports for the Aug. 1 to Sept. 30 period show that Chesebrough raised $5,910 from 42 individual donors while the committee to elect Prue and his running mate, Republican selectman candidate Deborah Downie, raised $2,800 from 19 contributors.

The reports show that while Chesebrough had $5,621 left at the end of the reporting period after expenses, she still had $2,763 in expenses still to be paid. She also received $563 of in-kind donations and contributions. Chesebrough is an unaffiliated voter endorsed by the Democratic party.

Prue and Downie spent $421, leaving them with slightly more than $2,378 at the end of the reporting period — $480 less than what Chesebrough had when taking into account her outstanding expenses.

The next campaign filing period will cover the period from Oct. 1-27.

Republican First Selectman Rob Simmons, who is not seeking re-election to a third term, raised more than $33,000 and $23,000 through the late October reporting periods in the 2015 and 2017 elections, respectively.

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