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West New York Mayor Felix Roque

Roque team leads in fundraising

County-backed challengers finish with more cash on hand

By Nikita Biryukov, April 26 2019 5:50 pm

West New York Mayor Felix Roque brought in more money than his county-backed challengers during between Jan. 1 and April 12 but only because of a $100,000 loan given to the mayor’s campaign.

Roque’s campaign raised $103,250 over the period, with the vast majority of the funds coming from the loan. His joint committee, Forward with Roque 2019, brought in an additional $54,000, according to summary tables of Roque’s filings provided to the New Jersey Globe.

The filings are not yet available on the Election Law Enforcement commission’s website, though Roque said his campaign sent them to ELEC on April 14, a day ahead of the filing deadline.

The county-backed candidates, led by Commissioner Gabriel Rodriguez, who is seeking Roque’s seat, brought in $82,089.36 over the same period.

Despite Roque’s fundraising advantage — between his personal fundraising and the joint committee, he’s raised $408,722.16, significantly more than the $227,863 raised to date — the incumbent has less money banked.

Roque’s team has a combined $63,389.12 in its war chest, with the majority of the funds coming from the joint committee’s $54,000, none of which has been spent, according to filings.

The New Beginnings West New York slate had $81,474.97 on hand.

Non-partisan municipal elections will take place on May 14.

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