On Politics
11:23 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Diossa has apparent lead with $22K war chest in run-up to November 6 election in Central Falls

City Councilor James Diossa has by far the largest war chest among the 4 Central Falls mayoral candidates who have filed updated campaign finance reports. Five hopefuls are set to square off November 6.

Diossa’s latest filing shows him with a balance of $21,708 – up from $286 at the start of the third quarter on July 1. Of the three other candidates who’ve detailed their fundraising, the next closest is former mayor Thomas Lazieh, who loaned himself $5000.

Former police chief Joseph Moran has $4,832 on hand, down from 6,079 at the start of Q3.

Tia Ristaino-Siegel, backed by a loan of $600, has $285 on hand, up from zip at the start of the quarter.

Bruce Corrigan, the other of the five candidates, has not filed a report detailing his fundraising as of earlier today.

Some of Diossa’s campaign money was harvested during a fundraiser last week at El Paisa, a Colombian restaurant in Central Falls.

The notables among his contributors include: CF educator Victor Capellan ($200); Gilbane exec Paul Choquette ($250); Nortek exec Ed Cooney ($250); Taveras staffer Gonzalo Cuervo ($500); Doris de los Santos (200); lawyer William Devereaux ($500); builder Brad Dimeo ($250); RWU Law professor Jorge Elorza ($1000); Cicilline staffer Chris Fierro ($125); Lisa Holley ($250); Providence former candidate Hector Jose ($500); former CF councilor Ricardo Patino ($200); state Senator Juan Pichardo ($125); PR man and former rep Ray Rickman ($200); physician (and RIPR board member) Pablo Rodriguez ($1000), and the Engage RI PAC ($1000). Diossa loaned himself $2000.

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