Berkowitz leads fundraising in Anchorage mayoral runoff race
It’s less than a week until the runoff mayoral election between Amy Demboski and Ethan Berkowitz, and the former legislator reported double the income of his Assembly member challenger in a recent campaign disclosure report.
Spanning from March 29 to April 25, Berkowitz reported $220,848 in income from 1,471 donations and about $100,550 closing cash on hand. Meanwhile, Demboski said she had raised $97,942 from 435 donations and had $28,200 in available funds. The Chugiak-Eagle River Assembly member, however, also reported almost $15,000 in campaign debts during the reporting period. Berkowitz said he had no debts during that time.
In all, Berkowitz has raised nearly $375,000, while Demboski has racked up about $206,000. Although campaign funding can certainly help propel a candidate to victory, Dan Coffey — a top fundraiser in the April 7 mayoral election — finished last in that race among the four main candidates.
Demboski also seems to have a stronger volunteer base, which could give her an edge come Election Day, says Dr. Forrest Nabors, University of Alaska Anchorage political science assistant professor.
“Amy has the larger operation,” said Nabors of volunteers.
A runoff election, scheduled for May 5, was forced after none of the candidates received a required 45 percent of the vote in the April election.
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