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By Tom Momberg

Five of the candidates running for the City Council seat vacated by Mark Weprin earlier this year have been awarded $95,000 from the city Campaign Finance Board’s matching funds program.

Candidates Bob Friedrich and Satnam Parhar had received initial disbursements from the matching funds program, which awards candidates $6 for every $1 they raise from private city residents, but the CFB announced the additional funds on Thursday.

Candidates Rebecca Lynch, Ali Najmi and Barry Grodenchik were also each awarded $95,000 from the matching funds program, which are partial disbursements following each candidate’s 32-day pre-election campaign finance reports.

The public funds have now put Lynch and Najmi in the lead for top campaign spenders. Lynch has raised about $78,900 in private funds and Najmi has raised about $75,300, according to the CFB.

Reach reporter Tom Momberg by e-mail at tmomberg@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4573.

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