South Orange Village President Sheena Collum and her challenger, Deborah Ford Davis, are roughly ties in fundraising weeks ahead of the May 14 non-partisan elections.
Collum raised $19,199 between Jan. 1 and April 12, not much less than the $20,400 brought in by Ford Davis and her slate of candidates.
Ford Davis is giving up her seat on the village’s Board of Trustees to challenge Collum, who won her first term in in 2015. Ford Davis has held the seat since winning it in 2007.
Unlike Collum, who is running by herself, Ford Davis is running alongside Stacey Borden, Matthew Wonski and Edward Grossi, all three of whom are seeking seats on the Board of trustees.
Borden loaned the slate’s joint committee $5,000.
Despite the challengers’ slight edge in fundraising, Collum has a slight edge in cash going into the final weeks of the campaign.
The incumbent ended the reporting period with $12,561.37 on hand to the challengers’ $9,583.28.
Collum started the race with $2,500 in her campaign account and spent less than her opponents. She doled out $9,137.63 over the reporting period. Her opponents spent $10,866.72 during the same.