Cryans enjoys almost 2 to 1 advantage in funds raised

CONCORD — Democrat Michael Cryans of Hanover continues to raise more money from more contributors than Republican Joe Kenney of Wakefield, his rival for the Executive Council in District 1, according to the latest report of receipts and expenditures filed with the New Hampshire Secretary of State.

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.

Since January 29, Cryans collected $38,747 from some 325 contributors, almost three times more than the $13,756 that Kenney raised from 60 donors.

Cryans has raised $108,901 from more than 740 contributors, more than 90-percent of them residents of New Hampshire, since he announced his candidacy in November. So far he has spent $28,973, leaving him with $79,927 for the last three weeks of the campaign.

Altogether Kenney has collected $69,471 from some 150 donors, of which loans from the candidate and his wife represent $40,000 and in-kind contributions account for another $8,200. Unlike Cryans who had no primary opponent, Kenney spent $21,739 running a victorious primary campaign against Christopher Boothby of Meredith and has since spent another $3,207 for a total of $24,946, which leaves him with a balance of $44,525.

District 1 sprawls across more than two-thirds of the land area of the state, reaches into seven of its ten counties — Coos, Carroll, Grafton, Belknap, Strafford, Sullivan and Merrimack — and includes four of its 13 cites — Laconia, Berlin Claremont and Lebanon — 109 of its 221 towns and most of its unincorporated places.

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