Money gap grows in 111th Assembly race

Candidates raised around $35k; early spending and fundraising differs

New York State 111th Assembly District candidates Angelo Santabarbara (D-Rotterdam), left, and Thomas Quackenbush (R-Fort Plain).

New York State 111th Assembly District candidates Angelo Santabarbara (D-Rotterdam), left, and Thomas Quackenbush (R-Fort Plain).

— Two candidates vying to represent the 111th Assembly District have raised similar amounts of money, but one’s spending has his reserves running low.

Angelo Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam, is seeking an Assembly seat for the second time after being reelected to the Schenectady County Legislature last year. This is Santabarbara’s third straight year of campaigning and he’s drawing on his existing war chest.

Thomas Quackenbush, R-Fort Plain, was in 1997 first elected as mayor of the Village of Fort Plain. In 2002, Quackenbush was elected Town of Minden supervisor and has held six consecutive terms in that office.

Required July campaign finance reports filed by both campaigns shows Quackenbush raised $34,850 to Santabarbara’s $31,150 worth of donations.

Quackenbush said his campaign has focused on a door-to-door approach trying to reach as many people as possible. His campaign also recently set up an office straddling Rotterdam and Schenectady.

“We have a great team out there and we have a great ground game,” Quackenbush said. “I think that is the difference between the campaigns, we have that grassroots effort behind us that is going to continue us through to (the election).”

Quackenbush claimed his campaign also raised $6,300 after the July finance reports were due.

“I am proud that we have people in our campaign that are willing to contribute their hard earned dollars,” he said.

Santabarbara also stressed his campaign is focusing on a door-to-door approach and trying to reach “as many voters as possible” before Election Day. He did acknowledge he’d have to focus on fundraising efforts moving forward.

“I will spend more time fundraising,” he said. “I think we have done a very good job fundraising.”

Despite this being Santabarbara’s third consecutive year of campaigning for office, he said he’s still running strong.

“My energy level is just as high as it was and I am very active,” he said. “It is the third year and I haven’t slowed down in any way in going to doors and talking to people.”

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