Ted Siefer's City Hall: Gatsas campaign files hefty financial report
The move could be seen as a way for the campaign, just as the political season is kicking into higher gear, to flex its muscle. Next to Gatsas, his opponent, Alderman Patrick Arnold, does look pretty puny in the fundraising department. This at least is how one prominent political blogger took it, comparing Gatsas' tally with the amount cited in a letter sent out by the Arnold campaign urging donors to help it reach its goal of $7,500 for the month.
Arnold, unlike the mayor, is collecting contributions through his political committee, Friends of Patrick Arnold. By charter, committees don't have to file their first report until 10 days before the primary.
"I don't point fingers at people. It is what it is," Gatsas said, referring to Arnold's decision to file at a later date as a committee. "But we consistently do the same thing. We file what we spent our money on and who contributed."
Arnold fired back with characteristic bluntness: "I appreciate Mayor Gatsas' interest in transparency, so much so that I'm sure he has an explanation as to why companies seeking city contracts are making contributions to his campaign."
But Arnold may have been referring more specifically to the fact that Gatsas received checks from executives at both American Medical Response and American Ambulance Inc., the two companies that fought mightily for the city's emergency ambulance contract.
Greazzo's West Side home sits above the Piscatquog River Trail, and over the last few years, he's seen the soil supporting his garage steadily erode, to the point that he's concerned about it collapsing.
A couple of weeks ago, Greazzo was before the Land and Buildings Committee to request he be given permission to go onto city-owned land in order to shore up the foundation for his garage and possibly build a retaining wall.
The committee approved his request. So at least they gave him that.
But there are also some newcomers making their first runs for public office. In the coming weeks, I'll try to introduce you to some of them.
Groh is running for the Ward 3 school board seat, taking on another relative newcomer, Chris Stewart. Groh is a recent graduate of St. Anselm College, where he was the president of the campus Democrats. At age 22, Groh would be among the youngest elected officials in city history.
Whitten, who was born and raised in the city, describes himself as a fiscal conservative and a supporter of the tax cap.
Whitten stressed that one of his priorities would be constituent services. "If you're not making it a full-time job, I'm not sure you belong in the position. Constituents have a lot of needs," he said.
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