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Bevilacqua outraising Catillaz in Harrietstown supervisor race

October 17, 2012
By CHRIS KNIGHT - Senior Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

SARANAC LAKE - Republican Bob Bevilacqua had raised more than twice as much money as Democrat Tom Catillaz in the race for Harrietstown supervisor before Catillaz suspended his active campaign last week.

Bevilacqua reported $6,970 in contributions as of the beginning of this month, according to his 32-day pre-election report filed with the state Board of Elections. Catillaz's filing shows the current village trustee and former mayor had raised $3,130 as of Oct. 1.

"We're doing pretty good," Bevilacqua said Tuesday.

While Bevilacqua's statement was posted on the state Board of Elections website for the public to review, Catillaz's filing was not. A copy was provided to the Enterprise Tuesday afternoon by Catillaz's campaign treasurer, village Mayor Clyde Rabideau. Rabideau said the document had been filed on time with the state by Friends of Tom Catillaz Chairman Chad McCarthy, but he didn't know why it wasn't on the state website yet.

Specifics of the filings show a good portion of Bevilacqua's support has come from his large extended family and the businesses they own. His largest contribution, $2,928, came from his sister, Cherrie Sayles. Three businesses owned by Bevilacqua's family members (Post Office Pharmacy, Beef's Electric and Legend Electric) gave him a combined $525. And Bevilacqua gave just over $820 of his own money to his campaign.

Some of Bevilacqua's other supporters include village Trustee Allie Pelletieri ($200), town Councilman Ron Keough ($135) and former Councilman Jim Murnane ($100), whose business, Murnane Hospitality, contributed $500. Another business, Scheefer's Adirondack Builders, gave $500 to Bevilacqua.

Catillaz collected $450 from his family and benefitted from a $390 transfer to his campaign from the Saranac Lake Democratic Committee. Individual contributions to the Catillaz campaign have come from, among others, North Elba Councilman Derek Doty ($100), village Trustee Barbara Rice ($100) and Rabideau ($250). Catillaz's filing listed no corporate or business contributions.

As for where all that money has gone, the Bevilacqua campaign spent $4,670 as of early this month, leaving it with a balance of $2,300 leading into the last weeks of the campaign. Bevilacqua's biggest expenditures have included campaign signs and advertising, including $636 spent on print and online advertising with the Enterprise.

The Friends of Tom Catillaz listed $2,883 in expenses, giving the campaign a $636 balance as of Oct. 1. The bulk of those expenses were listed as reimbursements to Catillaz for various expenses: Facebook advertising ($553), lawn signs ($453) and food for a campaign barbecue ($350). There was also a second entry for campaign signs ($467) and $217 spent on printed invitations to an event.

Since these statements were compiled, Catillaz has announced that he's stopped actively campaigning due to a serious family medical issue out of state. A debate between the two candidates that had been scheduled to take place Tuesday night was canceled.

Catillaz's name will still be on the ballot Nov. 6 and McCarthy has said Catillaz still believes he's "the right choice for Harrietstown supervisor." Catillaz hasn't spoken publicy about the race since suspending his campaign.

Asked if Catillaz's decision has affected what he's doing, Bevilacqua noted that a clam bake fundraiser that was planned at Mount Pisgah Ski Lodge has been postponed.

"Otherwise, everything else is on track," Bevilacqua said. "We've got radio ads still, and we're doing newspaper ads. I'm still going door to door. I want people to know that there still is a choice. Just because he's gearing his (campaign) down, doesn't mean we're gearing ours down. We're still going full and strong."



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