Final campaign tally shows Leyens outspent Winfield

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 25, 2010

A final report will show former Mayor Laurence Leyens outspent Paul Winfield, the first-time candidate who won and became mayor last July.

Prompted by a news story Wednesday, Leyens’ campaign manager Toni Lanford-Ferguson said she had neglected to file the final report, due at the end of January, and would file late to the Secretary of State’s Office.

Leyens said he believed the fund contained more than $38,000 of the slightly more than $100,000 donated to his bid for a third term. Lanford-Ferguson said the fund actually has a remaining balance of roughly $11,000. That means Leyens spent about $90,000.

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Winfield raised $74,173.99 in contributions leading into the June election and spent $68,658.16, according to the final report his campaign filed.

Leyens said he intends to either donate the remaining balance in his campaign account to a charity, or contribute it toward a mayoral candidate in the 2013 election.

Winfield beat Leyens in the June 2 election with 61.6 percent of the 6,870 votes cast. Both aldermen were unopposed.