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Suzanne Lee, who narrowly lost to Councilor Linehan in 2011, raising money for possible new bid

Posted by Patrick Rosso  February 13, 2013 04:28 PM

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Suzanne Lee, who narrowly lost a challenge to District 2 City Councilor Bill Linehan in 2011, is raising significant sums of money for a possible new run.

Since Dec. 16, Lee has raised close to $26,620, according to the most recent reports filed with the Commonwealth’s Office of Campaign and Political Finance. Lee, a former school principal and Chinatown resident, has a balance of $29,942.35 in her coffers.

“I’m preparing,” Lee said by phone Wednesday. “I’m exploring and looking at the landscape. I’m still passionate about what goes on in the city and our neighborhoods.”

Lee did not say which office she may run for this time. In the November 2011 election, Linehan beat Lee by just 97 votes.

The big financial bump for Lee came between Dec. 16 and Dec. 31, when she raised close to $16,149. The majority of the money came from 60 donors across Boston and the surrounding communities, including Quincy, Newtown, and Cambridge.

Donations also came in from California and New York.

District 2 includes parts of the South End and Dorchester as well as Chinatown and South Boston.

Linehan, who has represented District 2 since 2007, has also been raising money, pulling in close to $11,490 since Dec. 16, according to the most recent state campaign reports.

“I’m enjoying the job, it’s a critical time for Boston, and I want to continue my work,” Linehan said Wednesday.

Linehan, former director of operations for the city's Parks Department, raised the most between Dec. 16 and Dec. 31, 2012, when he received $11,065.

Most of the money came from 120 different donors in Boston and the surrounding communities, including Quincy, Norwood, Braintree, and Milton.

Linehan, a life-long South Boston resident, has a balance of $7,631.67 in his coffers, with expenditures over the past several months for newspaper ads, printing services, fund-raisers, and donations.

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