STONINGTON — Republican Shaun Mastroianni has secured the requisite amount of donations and signatures needed to qualify for a state Citizens Election Program grant in his campaign for the 43rd House District.
The threshold for the CEP grant for state representative candidates is $5,100 in contributions, between $5 and $250, from a minimum of 150 residents of municipalities located (in whole or in part) in the district, according to revised rules published March 7 by the State Elections Enforcement Commission.
Mastroianni announced his candidacy March 1 at an event at Mia’s Cafe in Pawcatuck. He said Tuesday that he had raised $5,100 and attained 170 signatures for his campaign.
“Because of the success at Mia’s, we collected probably $4,500 that night and probably almost 100 signatures that night,” he said. The remaining contributions were raised at a North Stonington Republican Town Committee event and from “friends and the support of people who know me from the boards and commissions I’m on,” he said. “It shows that we’re serious and people are serious about supporting me.”
Mastroianni is an executive of Benchmark Senior Living and oversees Crescent Point at Niantic. He has been active in Stonington Borough and Stonington government, including the Stonington Planning and Zoning Commission.
The goal of the public finance program is to allow candidates to compete without reliance on special interest money.
If he receives his party’s nomination, Mastroianni said he will apply for the state grant, which can be $25,000 for a major party House candidate with full opposition in the general election. The local Republican convention will be at 6:30 p.m. on May 16 at Stonington Borough Hall.
Two Democrats, Chris Donohue and Stonington Selectwoman Kate Rotella, have also announced their candidacies for the seat held by Diana Urban since 2001.