In a break from previous races in Brick and across Ocean County, the Democratic candidate for Brick Township council has out-fundraised and outspent her Republican challenger, according to reports filed by candidates in recent days with the state Election Law Enforcement Commission.
So far this election cycle, incumbent Democratic Councilwoman Andrea Zapcic has raised a total of $15,600 in campaign contributions and combined that with $18,160 left over from last year’s council election, plus some personal contributions, for a total war chest of $33,910.
Her challenger, former Republican Councilman Domenick Brando, has raised $5,000 in donations, self-funded $900 and transferred $109 from a previous campaign for a total of $6,009.
Of the amounts they’ve raised so far, Zapcic has spent $7,293 and Brando has spent $5,919.
Brando has said he is running without the formal backing of the township’s Republican organization after winning a primary election against John Ciocco, though he did receive $600 donations from both the Ocean County Republican Chairman’s PAC and the Tom MacArthur for Congress campaign.
Zapcic, who has the backing of the township’s Democratic organization, listed her primary donors as Maser Consulting, an engineering firm that donated $1,000 to her campaign and Friends of Brick, a Democratic PAC that lists its address as BTMUA Commissioner George Cevasco’s home, that donated $2,000.
This year’s spending is a far cry from the 2013 election cycle, during which the Republican slate of mayoral and council candidates spent $240,528 and their Democratic opponents spent $152,536, ELEC records show. The Democrats ultimately beat the Republican ticket in a sweeping victory.