Previous records indicate she loaned her campaign $28,000, while Garcia chipped in $50,000 of his funds.
“Setting aside the loans, she has outraised him in donations,” Grant said.
Stephen Felano, a gun rights advocate who had previously announced his GOP candidacy and filed a campaign finance report in January, is out of the race. Board of Elections officials say he failed to submit enough signatures on designating petitions to qualify for the primary.
Democratic filings, meanwhile, so far depict a sheriff’s race far less awash in campaign funds. Brian J. Gould, the Cheektowaga assistant chief and endorsed Democrat, has raised almost $58,000, with about $21,000 on hand. He has also been on cable television and in digital media. His contributions reflect his status as the party candidate, with $3,000 from Cheektowaga Democrats, $7,000 worth of in-kind support from the Erie County Democratic Party, and $1,000 from Democratic Chairman Jeremy J. Zellner.
Gould also loaned his campaign $4,000.
His main rival in the Democratic primary, Kimberly L. Miller-Beaty, raised almost $34,000 and reported a current balance of almost $19,000. The former deputy commissioner of the Buffalo Police Department, Miller-Beaty reported mostly small contributions, with six at the $1,000 level. She received $2,500, her highest contribution, from John Hurley, president of Canisius College, where Miller-Beaty is director of security.