Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim has opened his nascent bid for secretary of state with a $108,000 haul, though his bank balance has a long way to go to close in on incumbent Willian F. Galvin, who has more than $2.6 million to spend on a reelection campaign.
As of Jan. 15, Zakim had more than $441,000 in his campaign coffers, the most recent campaign finance records show. He announced his campaign in late November.
Zakim, a 34-year-old lawyer, is challenging Galvin in the Democratic primary on Sept. 4. He was recently reelected to his city council seat representing District 8, which stretches from Beacon Hill to the Back Bay, the West End, and the Fenway.
“The response has been terrific and it’s been really gratifying for all of our supporters who are putting faith in this campaign,” Zakim said in a Wednesday interview.
Some of the money was raised, he said, during a fund-raiser held after Christmas at Scholars American Bistro and Cocktail Lounge in downtown Boston.
Zakim said his message of inclusiveness, simplifying the voter registration process, and making it easier to participate in elections is resonating.
“People are surpised to hear how middle of the pack we are in Massachusetts on how easy it is to register and to vote on Election Day,” he said.
(On Thursday, Galvin announced a plan that would let residents register to vote on Election Day beginning in 2019 . In unveiling the proposal, Galvin said the challenge from Zakim didn’t influence his decision to press ahead with the effort.)
Galvin, 67, is far better financed, and has raised nearly $59,000 since Zakim declared his candidacy, records show.
The longtime politician was elected secretary of state in 1994 and began his career in elected politics in 1975, winning a special election to represent Allston-Brighton in the state House.
“I regularly raise money,” Galvin said. “That’s why I have a high balance.”