Janey Leads Fundraising Battle in Boston Mayor's Race, Wu Ahead in Recent Polls

Mayor Kim Janey leads the fundraising race with under two weeks to go before Boston's preliminary mayoral election

From left: Boston mayoral candidates city council members Michelle Wu, Andrea Campbell, Acting Mayor Kim Janey, city council member Annissa Essaibi-George and former Economic Development Chief John Barros.
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With under two weeks to go before Boston's preliminary mayoral election, Boston Mayor Kim Janey is leading the fundraising race.

Janey's total fundraising since January topped $1.5 million as of Sunday. On Wednesday Janey reported raising about $392,000 in August, her largest monthly total.

The candidate with the second highest fundraising total is Boston City Councilor Andrea Campbell who has raised more than $1.4 million since January, according to the state Office and Campaign and Political Finance.

She's followed closely by two other city councilors — Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George — both of whom have raised more than $1.3 million.

John Barros, the city's former economic development chief, has raised nearly $592,000.

Janey, who took over as acting mayor when former Mayor Marty Walsh stepped down to become labor secretary, is trailing behind Wu, two recent polls from MassINC and Emerson College show. Emerson's poll has Janey in third, behind Wu and Essaibi George.

NBC10 Boston, NECN and Telemundo Nueva Inglaterra are hosting an hourlong debate between the candidates Wednesday at 7 p.m.

All the candidates are Democrats. Mayoral races in Boston do not include party primaries. The top vote earners in the Sept. 14 preliminary election will go head to head on Nov. 2.

Whoever wins will mark a turning point in the city's political history. Boston has only elected white men as mayor. All five of the major candidates identify as people of color. Four are women.

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