|For our district spotlight this week, we’re taking a look at HD 42, where first-term Del. Kathy Tran is facing GOP businessman Steve Adragna.
HD 42 voted for a popular GOP incumbent Delegate from 2003 to 2015 despite being a strongly Democratic district at the statewide level. The district voted for Clinton 58-37 in 2016 and gave all the statewide Democratic candidates at least 60% of the vote in 2017. After GOP Delegate Dave Albo retired, Democrat Kathy Tran managed to pick up his seat. After voting for Albo 63-37 in 2015, the district gave Tran 61% of the vote in 2017.
In a campaign press release, Adragna claimed his campaign was about “returning our district’s representation in the House back to the political center.” His paid ads, however, signal that he has no problem leaning into hard conservative positions to rile up his base. His campaign is running a series of list-building ads disingenuously accusing Kathy Tran of supporting abortion “up to the moment of birth” and that her re-election will ensure that “infanticide will become the law of the land.”
But sure, call yourself a moderate.
Adragna’s scare tactics still haven’t managed to raise him much money. As of his June 30 campaign filing, his campaign has only received 52 small-dollar contributions worth just ~$3,000 and only has $11,568 cash on hand – nowhere near enough to run a competitive race in an unfriendly district.
On the Democratic side, Kathy Tran’s campaign has been totally dark on paid Facebook ads in 2019, but she hasn’t needed list-building ads to raise money. As of the June 30 filing deadline, Tran has received over 1,000 small-dollar donations worth over $40,000 and has $155,341 cash on hand.