Cryans enjoys big edge over Kinney on fundraising front

CONCORD — In the race for the Executive Council in District 1, Democrat Michael Cryans of Hanover is raising more money from more contributors than Republican Joe Kenney of Wakefield according to the most recent reports of receipts and expenditures filed with the New Hampshire Secretary of State yesterday.

In the last two weeks, Cryans raised $20,002 from 152 contributors, only two of whom donated $500 or more to his campaign. Since he began his campaign Cryans has collected $70,154 from 521 contributors, 95 percent of whom are residents of New Hampshire. Cryans, who had no opponent in the primary election, reported total expenditures of $10,201, including $8,139 in the past two weeks, leaving a balance of $59,953.

Meanwhile, Kenney raised $14,805 from 61 contributors since January 15, including a loan of $10,000 from his own pocket. Since he announced his candidacy, Kenney has raised $55,715, which includes $30,000 in loans he has made to his campaign and $8,200 in in-kind contributions, among them $5,000 from Casey Crane, a member of his campaign staff, leaving $17,515 in cash donations. Kenney has spent $21,739 and has $33,976 in hand.

Cryans, who has served as Grafton County Commissioner since 1997, and Kenney, a retired colonel in the United States Marine Corps who spent 14 years in the Legislature and was the Republican nominee for governor in 2008, are vying to succeed the late Ray Burton in a special election.

The election will be held on Tuesday, March 11, town meeting day across the state.