June 06, 2020

School board candidates’ spending ranges from 0 to $510

While candidates for Bangor School Committee may not differ all that much when it comes to the issues, they do differ when it comes to campaign finances.

And the greatest difference is between incumbents Parker F. Harris and Martha G. Newman, who represent the opposite ends of the finance spectrum. According to the six-day pre-election finance reports due Wednesday, Newman has raised nearly twice as much as the other candidates combined.

A one-term incumbent, Harris, on the other hand, has neither raised nor spent any money, according to his report, which wasn’t filed with the Bangor City Clerk’s office until Friday morning.

According to the campaign finance reports, the remaining four candidates have raised between $125 and $1,627 and have already spent from $125 to $510 in their campaigns. And as many residents of Bangor probably already know, much of those funds went to campaign signs that have popped up all over the city.

The reports don’t necessarily reflect the actual revenue and expenditure levels, however. Some candidates may spend more before Tuesday’s election. And Wednesday’s report is actually the first of two finance reports due. The second one is required within 42 days after the election.

Newman, a two-term incumbent, has reported raising $1,627 in contributions of $50 or less, none of which came from Newman herself, according to the report. She also has spent the second highest amount so far, having expended $349, most of which went to purchase campaign posters.

Candidate Scott E. Lary has raised the second largest amount but spent the most so far. Lary’s revenues and expenditures stand at $510 each, with signs accounting for $434 of Lary’s expenditures. Lary provided all but $82 of his campaign funds, according to his report.

Nancy M. Lewis and Sean D. Stillings raised and spent the fewest dollars, with Lewis slightly above Stillings in both categories. Lewis footed all $199 herself to cover the cost of campaign signs. Likewise, Stillings raised all of his reported $125 in expenditures. Most of Stillings’ funds went toward signs with $25 going to cover campaign flyers.

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