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September 14, 2013

Nine council candidates fail to file disclosures

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Four sitting city councilors also gave to Luzon, as did state Rep. Marcos Devers, who is running for mayor against Lantigua. In all, Devers gave $50 each to five council candidates, including Rentas, the woman challenging Aquino, who is Lantigua’s most reliable supporter on the City Council.

Incumbent Roger Twomey has raised $4,766 and spent $2,359. More than half of what Twomey raised came from at least 54 donors who gave $50 or less, by far the most donors of any candidate. His most generous donor is Francis Coady, who owns a towing company with a city contract. He gave $500, the maximum allowed.

“That’s because the guy is as straight as an arrow,” Coady said about his gift to Twomey. “He came to me a couple of years ago and said, ‘I need some help with the schools, for cutting the grass and stuff like that.’ And I helped him. He made me feel good with the city.”

Former Councilor Modesto Maldonado has raised $1,862 and spent $2,284 on his comeback campaign, leaving him $748 in debt. His biggest backers are real estate investors Alberto Nunez and Donald Minor.

Francisco Surillo has raised $570 and spent $1,455, leaving him $885 in debt.

Francisco Brea has raised $2,475, including $2,200 from unions such as the Lawrence Teachers’ Union and the state AFL-CIO.

Cara Martinoli has raised $415 — all of it her own money — and spent $165.

The preliminary election is Tuesday. Six at-large candidates will go on to the general election on Nov. 5 and six will not. All of the candidates running in the districts will go on to November because there are no more than two running in any of the districts.

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