New Bedford’s Biggest Political War Chests of Cash [OPINION]
"Money is the mother's milk of politics" is an old phrase that is still true today. In fact, money might be more important in the age of COVID-19.
The pandemic has put an end to many forms of traditional campaigning. Most people wouldn't appreciate a candidate knocking on their door these days. Large events are not currently allowed. Even a small gathering of a campaign's key volunteers would be a risky endeavor. Candidates are going to have to buy the time to communicate with the voters this cycle.
Here are the amounts in some of the political campaign accounts of officials elected in the city of New Bedford:
Senator Mark Montigny: $837,235
Sheriff Thomas Hodgson: $262,804
Mayor Jon Mitchell: $221,320
Representative Antonio Cabral: $148,628
Representative Paul Schmid III: $101,751
Representative William Straus: $93,032
Former Representative Robert Koczera: $45,844
Former City Councilor Steven Martins: $37,072
City Councilor Linda Morad: $34,056
Representative Christopher Hendricks: $19,254
Bristol County Commissioner John T. Saunders: $10,814
Representative Christopher Markey: $3,086
Register of Deeds Fredrick Kalisz Jr.: $2,260
Ward 1 Councilor Brad Markey: $3.66
Ward 2 Councilor Maria Giesta: $982
Ward 3 Councilor Hugh Dunn: $1,068
Ward 4 Councilor Derek Baptiste: $368
Ward 5 Councilor Scott Lima: $2,373
Ward 6 Councilor Joseph Lopes: $3,443
Councilor Ian Abreu: $8,535
Councilor Brian Gomes: $1,686
Councilor Naomi Carney: $2,332
Former Ward 5 Councilor Jane Gonsalves: $1,203
Lisa White: $1,200
Richard Tyson Moultrie: $75
Paul Chasse: $14.78
All of these financial figures come from the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance.
As the city of New Bedford focuses on municipal elections, there are some candidates that are in a great financial situation and there are some that have lots of work to do if they hope to even be competitive in 2021.
Chris McCarthy is the host of The Chris McCarthy Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @Chris_topher_Mc. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.