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Incumbent in Wilmington mayor's race trails in fundraising

Aug 17, 2016

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Campaign finance reports show Wilmington's mayor trailing opponents in fundraising ahead of the Sept. 13 Democratic primary.

Mike Purzycki, head of the Riverfront Development Corporation, reported raising more than $176,000 since January.

Incumbent Dennis Williams raised just over $17,000, less than one-tenth of Purzycki's haul.

Williams' campaign treasurer Ed Osborne suggested Tuesday that much of Purzycki's money comes from Republicans, who can't vote in the Democratic primary.

Purzycki had about $40,000 cash on hand this week, compared to about $13,000 for Williams.

Former city council president Norman Griffiths raised about $12,000 and had about $27,000 available cash, roughly equal to his loans to his campaign.

Councilman Theo Gregory raised about $18,000, ending the period with a cash balance of $1,150.

Other candidates had until midnight Tuesday to file their reports.

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