A look at campaign finances of the Democratic 1st Berkshire District state representative candidates

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NORTH ADAMS — John Barrett III's campaign had substantially more cash on hand heading into the final weeks before Tuesday's primary election.

The four candidates for the Democratic line on November's ballot — Barrett, Lisa Blackmer, Stephanie Bosley and Kevin Towle — were required to submit campaign finance disclosures on all financial activity until Sept. 22.

Barrett entered the weeks leading up to the primary with a campaign balance of $11,290.95 — more than four times the closest candidate.

The primary election Tuesday will determine who will move on to face Republican candidate Christine Canning in the Nov. 7 special election to replace former state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi in the 1st Berkshire District seat.

Cariddi died of cancer this year, setting off a special election to fill her final year in office.

Barrett's three largest donors were David Whitney of North Adams Daniel Trombley of Williamstown and Brian Renaud of Williamstown, each of whom contributed $1,000 to his campaign.

Despite raising more than any other candidate, excluding self-made contributions, Barrett had only spent $2,403.11 by the time he filed his report — more than four times the nearest candidate.

Blackmer raised $12,590 during the filing period, but $10,000 of that came from a personal loan to her campaign.

Her largest contributors were Sharon and Charles Nemser of Williamstown, who gave $250 to the campaign.

Through the filing period, she had spent $11,842.76, more than any other candidate in the race. Her largest expenditure was a $3,000 salary for her campaign manager.

Bosley reported raising $7,200 before the Sept. 22 cutoff and spending $5,712.82.

She received several $500 donations, including from Soldier On CEO John F. Downing, Peter Bassette of Weston, John Notsley of Williamstown and Dan Hunter of Boston.

Towle had accrued $4,990.00 during the pre-primary period.

Harold and Annie Potts, the president and administrative assistant at Bay State Elevator Co., respectively, each donated $1,000. Barbara and Kenneth Hassan of North Adams also each donated $1,000 to the campaign.

By the end of the reporting period, he had spent $2,273.43, mostly on campaign signs.

Reach staff writer Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376 or @EagleAdamShanks on Twitter


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