Press release from state Sen. Tom Colapietro, a Bristol Democrat:
While my constituents know I have announced my reelection for state Senate, I wanted them to know that I am again participating in the Citizens’ Election Program. I believe this is a great program that will present a bigger challenge but, as always, look forward to running a clean campaign.
For those unfamiliar with the program, it is a two-part system that requires me to raise initial funds needed to qualify for public financing. Qualifying consists of raising $15,000 by accepting contributions between $5 and $100 from a minimum of 300 residents in the 31st district. Once that threshold is met, I then become eligible for a state grant that will fund the next portion of my campaign.
As of right now, only three currently-elected Senators have chosen to participate in the Citizens’ Election Program, of which I am one. The reasons behind my participation include the fact that I like the open and accessible nature of the program, essentially allowing anyone and everyone to see where each campaign dollar comes from. I think it holds candidates accountable to not just their constituents but also to other members of the public and shows them that a wider base of supporters throughout the district is necessary.
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