Szynal, Sabadosa near even in money raised

  • Candidates for the 1st Hampshire District, Lindsay Sabadosa, left, and Diana Szynal, listen to a question from the panel during a forum at JFK Middle School in Northampton on Monday, July 30, 2018.

Staff Writer
Published: 8/30/2018 8:47:32 AM

NORTHAMPTON — The two candidates vying for the Democratic nomination in the 1st Hampshire District each have a broad base of support and both are neck-and-neck when it comes to how they have financed their campaigns, according to campaign finance reports filed this week.  

The contest is between Diana Szynal of Hatfield, the longtime district director of the late state Rep. Peter V. Kocot, D-Northampton, and Lindsay Sabadosa of Northampton, a translator and women’s rights advocate. The two are running to succeed Kocot, who died in February. 

The 1st Hampshire District consists of Northampton, Southampton, Westhampton, Hatfield and Montgomery.

Szynal has raised $35,878.06 to Sabadosa’s $33,818.41. Sabadosa, however, has spent slightly more than Szynal, with $27,280.72 in total expenditures to Szynal’s $26,756.91 as of Aug. 17, which is the end of the last reporting period. 

Sabadosa has received $1,000 contributions from Bruce Hawkins and Jennifer Johnson of Northampton, Stephen Jones of Florence, Bob Sproull of Leeds and Charles Rodgers of Boston, who is the president of the New Community Fund, as well as former Northampton city councilor Pamela Schwartz over three donations. Smith College professors Susan Voss and her husband Paul Voss contributed $1,050 to Sabadosa’s campaign over two donations. 

Szynal has received $1,000 contributions from John Hornor and Ronald Skinn, both of Northampton  as well as $1,000 from Hotel  Northampton owner Mansour Ghalibaf of Worcester over two donations.

Two candidates in other races are among Sabadosa’s contributors. Jo Comerford, who is running as a write-in for the Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester District Senate seat, has given her campaign $100, while John Hine, who is running for the 2nd Hampshire District House seat contributed $25 to her campaign. 

Szynal has received contributions from three sitting state representatives, 2nd Hampshire District state Rep. John Scibak, D-South Hadley, who contributed $250, 1st Franklin District state Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, who contributed $200 and state Rep. Patricia Haddad, D-Somerset, who serves a the Speaker Pro Tempore of the House and has contributed $200.

Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz also chipped in $500 to Szynal’s campaign.

Three people employed as labor organizers contributed to Sabadosa’s campaign, including Massachusetts Nurses Association union representative Mike Fadel who donated $100, Alicia Fleming, an organizer for Massachusetts Jobs With Justice who contributed $25 and Lisa Clauson, a union organizer with Carpenters Labor Management who donated $215 over three donations. Labor educator Dale Melcher also contributed $200 to her campaign. 

Syznal has also received money from labor, including a $500 contribution from the Massachusetts & Northern New England Laborers’ District Council. Two donors who list their professions as farmers, Bernard Smiarowski of Smiarowski Farm and Nancy Szawlowski of Szawlowski Farm, both of Hatfield, contributed to Szynal’s campaign with Smiarowski contributing $400 and Szawlowski contributing $500.

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