Reinbold, Merrick lead fundraising races

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 17:06

An Alaska State House member with deep pockets and a union-aligned newcomer hoping to replace her are leading the local fundraising race as the primary election season enters the home stretch.

According to 30-day reports filed with the Alaska Political Offices Commission, Senate District G hopeful and current State House Rep. Lora Reinbold had raised $51,472 through the July 20 filing deadline — with more than $30,000 of that coming from Reinbold herself.

At the time of filing, Reinbold had spent $26,308. That compares to $34,871 raised by Reinbold’s opponent, Rep. Dan Saddler, who is also vying for the Senate seat being vacated by Anna MacKinnon. Saddler’s top contributor has also been himself, with $6,000 donated by the candidate to his own campaign.

But while he’d raised less money, Saddler led Reinbold in spending, with $30,717 in expenditures through the filing date.

Democrat Oliver Schiess is running unopposed in his District G primary. Scheiss reported $6,986 in income and $3,560 in expenses, with $2,500 of his war chest coming from the Senate Democratic Committee.

Big money in District 14

Among local State House candidates, Eagle River’s Kelly Merrick had far outraised and outspent her opponents, with $38,129 in income and $19,9578 in expenditures reported. The District 14 hopeful has contributed $6,000 of her own funds and racked up $1,000 contributions from eight different unions.

By contrast, Merrick’s two opponents in the Republican primary — Eugene Harnett and Jamie Allard — had raised $8,304 and $5,946, respectively. Both candidates’ top donors were themselves, with Harnett giving $1,100 to his campaign and Allard chipping-in $2,000 to hers. Through the reporting deadline, Harnett had spent $7,111 and Allard had spent $3,257.

Nonpartisan candidate Joe Hackenmueller, who is running unopposed in the Democratic primary, had raised $1,560 in revenue and $345 in expenses.

Dahlstrom, Christenson lead District 13 fundraising

In District 13, Republican candidates Nancy Dahlstrom and Craig Christenson were neck-and-neck in fundraising, with Dahlstrom raising $12,759 and Christensen bringing in $10,410. Dahlstrom’s contributions were bolstered by $5,000 carried over from a previous campaign, while Christenson had spent $4,000 of his own money to boost his run. While Dahlstrom had raised more, Christenson reported more spending, with $9,086 in expenses compared to $7,640 for Dahlstrom.

A third Republican in the primary, Bill Cook, reported $4,860 in expenses and $2,700 in income. Nonpartisan candidate Danyelle Kimp had the least to report of any local candidate, with just $605 raised and $282 spent as of the reporting deadline.

District 12 candidates running unopposed

In the District 12 race, incumbent Cathy Tilton — who is running unopposed in the Republican primary — had raised $13,495 and spent $7,118, while nonpartisan candidate Stephany Jeffers had raised $556 and spent $146. Like Tilton, Jeffers is running unopposed in the primary.

The primary election is Aug. 21.

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