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Super hopefuls fill their coffers

Guilderland candidates nearly neck-and-neck in early fundraising efforts

Guilderland Democratic incumbent town supervisor Ken Runion, left, and Republican supervisor candidate Mark Grimm, right.

Guilderland Democratic incumbent town supervisor Ken Runion, left, and Republican supervisor candidate Mark Grimm, right.

— “You constantly have to work on fundraising, that is the nature of politics,” Grimm said. “It is shame but that is how it is.”

Runion said fundraising is a “necessary part” of the political process.

“You have to raise a certain amount of money to get your message out to the electorate, so we all have to raise an amount of money to do that,” Runion said.

Runion said he has not personally started a door-to-door campaign yet because he is “very busy” working for the town, including on preliminary efforts to craft next year’s budget. He said it is “kind of early” to be campaigning, but some supporters have distributed his campaign literature.

“I intend to run a very active campaign,” Runion said. “By the end of the campaign I will have visited a large number of homes and I will have put out a decent amount of literature … I think my record will stand for itself.”

Grimm, who previously pledged to knock on 10,000 doors, said his campaign is off to a strong start and estimated he has visited 2,700 homes. He said meeting face-to-face with residents is vital to gain support from voters.

“There are very few candidates willing to work how hard as I do,” Grimm said. “I think my commitment speaks for itself.”

Runion said he believes the support he’s received over the years isn’t waning, but said it would be “very foolish” to take any election for granted.

“Over the years I have had strong support from the community and I will continue to have strong support through the community, and we will have an active election season,” Runion said. “Nobody can really gauge what the support is until the final ballot is cast.”

Grimm received $1,300 from family members and two individual contributions for $1,000 each, with 16 other individual donations ranging mostly from $100 to $200. He received one corporate donation totaling $500 from Association Development Group in Albany. His expenses for the filing period totaled $1,320.

Runion received 18 individual contributions during the same period, with most ranging from $100 to $250. Runion also received eight contributions from partnerships totaling $2,500 and five corporate donations totaling $1,500. His expenses totaled almost $1,875.

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