Trenton mayoral canididate Manuel “Manny” Segura leads the field of reporting candidates in money raised between Jan. 1 and March 31, according to the state Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC).
Segura, an at-large candidate, raised $56,381 from various statewide sources toward his campaign. The candidate reports $22,604 cash on-hand.
A statewide emblem of Latino pride in the Democratic Party, Segura’s contributors include Union City Mayor Brian P. Stack’s Union City First organization ($7,000), Passaic City Mayor Alex Blanco ($500), and Newark North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos ($500).
Other Segura contributors include Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 9 ($1,200).
In an indication of the end of an era – and an altered fundraising environment (changes in pay-to-play rules, and an economic downturn) – retiring Mayor Doug Palmer in his re-election bid four years ago at this time reported $537,940 raised and $140,340 cash on-hand.
Among the other candidates for mayor, businessman John Harmon reported $22,738 raised and $4,579 cash on-hand; West Ward Councilwoman Annette Lartigue reported $11,893 (including a self-loan of $5,000) and a closing campaign balance of $3,412; Mercer County Freeholder Keith Hamilton: $9,242, with $978 on-hand; and School Board Vice Prez. Alex Brown: $7,280 raised and $4,726 on-hand.
Former Mercer County Freeholder Tony Mack closed the quarter with $26,031 on-hand, after raising $44,818. His campaign included a self-loan of $20,000.
Department of Public Works Director Eric Jackson raised $17,064. His coffers include numerous $100 donations from City of Trenton employees and at least $2,471 of the candidate’s own money.
The ELEC reports of three candidates – Council President Paul Pintella, buisnessman Frank Weeden, and author/activist Shahid Watson – were not available this afternoon.