City Council incumbents Liz Miele and N. Clifford "Skip" Smith have received the most financial contributions compared to the other candidates in the six-person race to fill three open council seats in Tuesday's general election, according to campaign finance reports filed at the Lycoming County Voter Services office.
Miele, a Democrat who lives at 525 W. Fourth St., received $7,000 for her campaign. Among the larger contributors to the Committee to Elect Liz Miele were Marijo and Steven Heffner, of 67 Maple St., $500; James Wood, of Muncy, $450; and Gregory A. Zeitler and Mary S. Zeitler, of 840 Rural Ave., $350. Miele also received $250 from the Lycoming County Democratic Committee.
In second place, in terms of contributions, is Smith, a Republican of 835 First Ave., who contributed $4,600 of his own money toward his campaign to avoid being beholden to any group or individual, according to his wife, Faith. Smith also received $100 from the Lycoming County Republican Party.
Following Smith, in third place in terms of financial contributions, is Democrat Alison Hirsch, of 423 Rural Ave., with $2,111 contributed to Citizens for Hirsch. The committee's largest contributors were Robert Kreidler, of Cogan House Township, $1,000; the Young Men's Democratic Club, $470; and Jayne Group, of 960 W. Fourth St., $200.
Republican challenger Scott Miller, of 822 Tucker St., received $1,756 in campaign contributions. The largest contributors to the People for Scott Miller were Robert M. Kreidler, of Loyalsock Township, $929, and G. Diane Murry, of 300 Woodland Ave., $200.
Democrat challenger Kelly Anderson, of 533 Seventh Ave., received $345. The Kelly Anderson for City Council Committee contributors were city resident Rick Mirabito, $200; the Young Men's Democratic Club, $81; and Joann Henderson, of Rural Avenue in Williamsport, $64
Incumbent Republican Councilmen Randall J. Allison, of 1308 Elmira St., on behalf of the Committee to Elect Allison, did not receive any contributions over $250. He said $190 was contributed to his campaign from the county Republican party.