Tom Murphy, a Democratic candidate in the race to replace Judy Myers in District 7 of the Westchester Board of Legislators, has made a complaint to the state Board of Elections about contributions to the campaign of his Democratic primary opponent, Catherine Parker.
He is asking the board to investigate contributions he says exceed the filing limits for the primary. The problem is candidates in a primary can accept contributions up to the sum of the primary limit and the general election limit, which in District 7 is $2,833, according to Thomas Connolly, a spokesman for the state Board of Elections. All the contributions to Parker’s campaign on her July finance filing fall under that level except a $5,000 contribution from her mother, Barbara Dannenberg.
Family members can contribute up to $13,004.
“It would be nice if we spent more time talking about the issues,” Parker said.
Murphy said he is waiting for the state’s response.
“The Murphy campaign has made a complaint to the governing authority in Albany and we await an answer from the proper authority,” he said by email.
Parker has $23,453 in her campaign account while Murphy has $12,033.
A Democratic primary debate has been scheduled for July 31 at 7:30 p.m. at Mamaroneck Town Center. The primary is Sept. 10.
In addition to the Democratic primary in the race, there will be an Independence Party primary between Parker and a write-in effort for her Republican challenger, John Verni. Murphy Has the Working Families line.
District 7 covers Mamaroneck, Rye, Larchmont and parts of Harrison and New Rochelle.
Correction: Harold Aken has filed a declination to the Working Families Party nomination, leaving Tom Murphy with the line. There will not be a Working Families primary. The information was incorrect in an earlier version of the blog.