Middletown Democratic candidate for mayor Dan Drew says when he goes door-knocking, some people are moved to donate to his campaign right then and there. That’s a good sign for Drew as The Shad knows of no candidate more tenacious when it comes to hitting as many homes in town as he can, spreading his message of the need for new leadership in the mayor’s office. Drew is set up for a rematch against three-term, Republican incumbent Sebastian Giuliano.
Drew has so far surpassed his fundraising goal of $25,000 for the end of the second quarter of the year (he’s raised $25,560, not counting what he’s brought in since the close of the filing period). “We’re really pleased,” the 32-year old Drew said. “We’re seeing real grassroots support for the campaign. People are realizing that Middletown has so much potential [with the right leadership].”
Meanwhile, Giuliano’s fundraising filing has some peculiar elements of which voters might take note. For instance, one supporter of the mayor, Mariah Moore of Cromwell who works at Payless Shoes, gave $1,000—the maximum. Maryta Moore (of the same address), also gave $1,000. Also, Giuliano is getting a substantial amount of money from city contractors, donations that if made to a state level candidate would be illegal. They are perfectly legal on the municipal level.