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Local election fundraising by the numbers: Candidates bring in $134,000

Candidates for town office's raised more than $134,000 ahead of May 7. Photo via Shutterstock
May 3, 2024  Updated May 6, 2024 at 12:00 p.m.

More than $134,000 in political fundraising has circulated in Brookline ahead of the May 7 election which will see voters choose new members of the Select Board, School Committee, and Brookline Housing Authority Board of Commissioners.

The campaigns for townwide positions reported their financial activity to the town at the end of April, as required by state and Brookline laws. The numbers below do not include spending in the final week of the campaign — which often sees a last-minute uptick in activity, especially spending — as final filings will be compiled by the town clerk after the election.

Select Board fundraising 

Most of the money spent by candidates went toward advertising — yard signs, buttons and stickers, and mailers — or toward catering and campaign event costs.

Susan Park, one of five candidates running for Select Board, raised the most of any candidate in this year’s election: $28,559, as of April 29. Her campaign had spent $5,885 as of the end of April. While Park did not list any personal contributions to her campaign, her husband Kee donated $2,000, according to the filing.

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Select Board candidate Alec Lebovitz raised $19,608 and spent $7,722. Lebovitz contributed $4,367 to his own campaign.

Bernard Greene, the only incumbent in the Select Board race, raised $16,833. His campaign spent $3,588.

David Pearlman, the current chair of the School Committee who is now running for Select Board, raised a total of $13,085, of which $1,000 were his own personal contributions. The campaign spent $6,350.

The fifth Select Board candidate, Sana Hafeez, filed paperwork with the town reporting that she did not raise any money for the election.

School Committee and BHA board

In the School Committee race, Carolyn Thall raised $17,613 and spent $8,896.

Jesse Hefter reported raising $10,498, contributing $101 of his own money. Hefter’s campaign spent $8,143.

Sarah Moghtader, who has been filling a vacancy on the School Committee since October 2023, raised $7,451. She contributed $400 of her own money. The campaign spent $1,604.

Former Select Board member Miriam Aschkenasy raised $5,947 and spent $1,809. Aschkenasy contributed $272 to her own campaign.

In the BHA board of commissioners race, Kimberley Richardson raised $7,594 and spent $1,045.

Lynne Sweet reported $7,125 in total receipts, $5,500 of which were contributions of her own funds. Her campaign spent $6,016.

The third candidate for BHA, Shawn O’Neal, did not report any fundraising to the town.