Day’s mayoral campaign raises nearly $25,000

Not only is Jake Day the first mayoral candidate in memory not to have an opponent for the Salisbury mayor’s office, he’s well on his way to raising more campaign money than any Salisbury candidate ever.

Campaign finance reports released Wednesday show Day’s campaign has raised $24,860 as of Oct. 26. His donor’s list reads like the Who’s Who of Salisbury and all of Wicomico County, featuring an array of prominent and well-known citizens.

And, though he has no opponent, Day’s campaign reported spending $12,356, primarily on expenses incurred during social fundraisers on his behalf.

The initial reports were due to the City Clerk’s Office on Tuesday — seven days prior to the election. Candidates may continue raising money and incurring expenses; a final campaign financing report will be due Dec. 18, 45 days after the election.

Click here for the complete Campaign Finance Report:

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City Council candidates also reported their campaign finances.

In the District 1 contest, incumbent Shanie Shields raised $2,485 and reported spending $1,549. April Jackson, who has run against Shields before, raised $560 against expenses of $458.

In District 2, Muir Boda was the top fundraiser by far, with his campaign pulling in $3,028 against expenses of $3,018.

In the hotly contested District 3 contest which pits two sitting council members against each other, Jack Heath raised $5,910 — the most of any candidate other than Day. Heath’s campaign reported expenses of $2,627.

Tim Spies, meanwhile, reported no campaign donations. His report contained a handwritten note in the donors column that read: “I will be returning all donations to the contributors. This one’s on me, folks!. Thanks for your support!”

Spies’ report did list $382 in expenses.

Jim Ireton, who is stepping down as mayor to seek the District 4 council seat, reported $870 in contributions. Ireton, who capped individual donations at $20, reported $276 in expenses.

Roger Mazzullo, meanwhile, reported the second-highest donations total of all council contenders, with $3,450 in contributions. Mazzullo’s campaign reported $2,000 in expenses.

Greg Bassett is editor and general manager of Salisbury Independent. Reach him at gbassett@newszap.com

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