Barrett's financial resources outpace Canning's in 1st Berkshire District race

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NORTH ADAMS — Democratic Candidate John Barrett III has substantially more financial resources than Republican opponent Christine Canning in the race for state representative.

The Barrett campaign spent more than 25 times that of Canning from the Sept. 23 special state primary election and Oct. 20.

Pre-election campaign finance reports were due from each candidate Oct. 30.

The next 1st Berkshire District representative will be decided in a special state election Tuesday, and the winner will finish the remaining year of former state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi's term. Cariddi died of cancer in June.

Barrett was the top vote-getter of four Democratic candidates in the primary election in October; Canning ran unopposed.

In interviews with Eagle reporters and editors throughout the campaign, Canning has said that she does not seek out campaign donations.

Canning, of Lanesborough, began the year with a balance of $2,201.55, which was left over from her unsuccessful bid for state senator in 2016. Canning has spent only $894 all year, $494 of which was spent in the weeks included in the pre-election report.

Canning's campaign spent $159.96 on robocalls to voters, $142.29 on Facebook ads and $100.98 on wickets for campaign lawn signs in recent weeks.

Canning has raised $400 this year, taking in donations of $250 from Neal Burton of Pittsfield and $150 from Kathy Mickel of Dalton.

Barrett, of North Adams, has more rapidly raised money and poured resources into the campaign.

The most recently filed report shows Barrett spent $7,735 for campaign art and mailers from West Springfield-based company Class A Graphics. The report lists expenditures to the U.S. Postal Service totaling more than $4,450.

The campaign also spent nearly $1,000 on lawn signs, the report states.

Barrett's pre-election report lists $500 donations from the Richard E. Neal Massachusetts Political Action Committee and James Whitney of North Adams.

In total, Barrett has raised $16,010 in 2017.

Reach staff writer Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376 or @EagleAdamShanks on Twitter.


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