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Campaign financial reports released for Ardinger, Feltes

The two Democrats on the ballot in state Senate District 15 are spending big to draw voters to the primary polls next week.

At the second deadline for campaign financial reports this week, Concord attorney Dan Feltes had outraised Concord School Board member Kass Ardinger by more than $27,000 overall. In the past two weeks, the candidates kept even pace by raising less than $5,000 each but spending more than $18,000 apiece.

Less than a week before the primary election, Ardinger said she felt “engergized.”

“I think we’re being very effective in our outreach to directly contact voters. . . . I’m very excited to get to this homestretch,” she said.

Feltes said he would also continue to spread his message in the coming weekend.

“Our campaign strategy is to communicate as effectively as possible with as many voters as possible,” Feltes said.

The district includes Concord, Henniker, Hopkinton and Warner. Both candidates have been targeting likely voters with mailers, including recent fliers on full-day kindergarten. Feltes has spent more than $46,000 on campaign marketing materials and supplies so far, while Ardinger has paid out a little more than $24,800.

Ardinger’s filing also includes about $1,680 paid to Stones Phones, a campaign phone service based in Washington, D.C.

“We did paid calls at one point during the summer when we wanted to reach out and grab as many voters as we possibly could, and the volunteers were still vacationing,” Ardinger said.

The callers from Stones Phones spoke directly to voters who answered, Ardinger said, and they identified that the calls were paid for by Ardinger’s campaign.

Feltes has spent about $250 on online ads through Facebook and Google.

Other expenses for the two candidates included contributions to the New Hampshire Democratic Party and the New Hampshire Senate Democratic Caucus; both reimbursed the caucus for paying their staff members. Ardinger has spent more than $9,300 to staff a campaign manager; Feltes’s payroll expenses came to $3,432.

And it’s not over yet. Ardinger said she will be canvassing until primary day.

“We’ll be making a lot of calls,” Ardinger said. “Getting out the vote means identifying our likely voters, and making sure they know where the polls are and what time they’re opening and closing, and making sure that they have transportation to the polls.”

Feltes said he would be doing the same.

“We’re using every avenue possible to communicate our message of standing up for everyone and my experience of almost a decade working with Democrats and Republicans to get things done,” he said.

(Megan Doyle can be reached at 369-3321 or or on Twitter @megan_e_doyle.)

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