Written for and also published on the Albemarle County Democratic Party website.
All three Democratic nominees for General Assembly have significant cash on hand advantages and impressively outraised their opponents during this reporting period:
Albemarle’s new State Senator, Edd Houck, from the 17th District raising over $160,000 this quarter, leaving him with over $475,000 cash on hand heading into his race against Republican Bryce Reeves, known for being endorsed by right-wing radical Mike Huckabee’s Huck PAC. Reeves barely raised $70,000 in a race that is expected to come down to the wire in November.
And Sen. Creigh Deeds, who has served Albemarle County in the State Senate since 2001, raised over $53,000 this quarter, finishing with nearly $120,000 on hand creating an imposing lead as he faces opposition for the first time in the form of T.J. Aldous, a local lawyer, who raised $10,000 and spent more than $3000 of that.
Delegate David Toscano, Charlottesville and Albemarle’s Democratic Delegate from the 58th State House District is sitting on around $130,000 cash on hand going into this election cycle. So far, Del. Toscano has scared away the competition and no Republican has stepped forward to take him on.
Board of Supervisors
Our candidates on the county level haven’t done shabbily in the cash race either. The Democratic challenger in the Rivanna District, Cynthia Neff, raised more than any other supervisor candidate in the county, raising over $16,000 for her race against “Friend of Developers” Ken Boyd, more than double what he raised.
Meanwhile, Christopher J. Dumler, the Democratic candidate running for retiring Democrat Lindsay Dorrier’s seat in the Scottsville District had the most individual donors among the supervisor candidates. He raised over $10,000 from nearly 100 individual donors, out-raising his opponent, Jim Norwood, by a margin of over 10:1.
County Board of Supervisors Chairperson, Ann Mallek, is facing no Republican opposition this year. Despite that, she has raised over $6,000 in her uncontested race as she hears from constituents while preparing for another four years on the Board.
Despite the significant advantages these figures show, our candidates need to continue to raise funds at an even more rapid pace in order to remain competitive as right-wing special interests flood these races with cash to help their favored candidates win.