In their effort to hold onto local General Assembly seats, Republicans have raised nearly three times as much as Democrats in the first three months of 2019.
The candidates running in the seven House of Delegates districts and four Senate seats filed campaign finance reports this week that cover activity between Jan. 1 and March 31.
Republicans raised $613,039 and spent $261,661. Democrats raised $263,182 and spent $129,729.
Three of the local races do not feature candidates from the two major parties. Of the others in the area, Democrats only outraised their Republican counterparts in two districts.
In the 20th District, which covers most of Augusta County and Staunton and Waynesboro, four candidates are seeking the seat being vacated by Del. Richard P. “Dickie” Bell, R-Staunton.
On the Republican side, former Staunton Mayor John Avoli raised $30,892. He spent $2,344 and has $28,547.
Most of his money came from Staunton-area business owners. He also received $5,000 from Betty Labonte, of Staunton.
Also seeking the GOP nomination is Verona bail bondsman Dave Bourne, who raised $25,281, including $13,326 in loans primarily from himself.
His biggest contribution was $10,000 from Lexington National Business Corp. of Luthersville, Maryland, which conducts underwriting for bail bonds.
Democrat Jennifer Lewis raised $20,255. She spent $5,059 and has $15,199 remaining. One of her biggest donations was $5,000 from Charlottesville donor Sonjia Smith.
Democrat David Blanchard raised $50 and spent no money.
Three Republicans and one Democrat are running for the 25th House District seat being vacated by longtime Del. R. Steven Landes, R-Weyers Cave. The district covers parts of Augusta, Rockingham and Albemarle counties, including areas directly west of Charlottesville off Barracks Road, Crozet, Ivy and part of White Hall.
Rockingham County businessman Chris Runion, Augusta County Supervisor Marshall Pattie and Albemarle farmer Richard Fox are seeking the GOP nomination for the seat. Fox didn’t file a report.
Runion raised $64,941 in the reporting period, mostly in big donations from Shenandoah Valley business owners. He spent $6,511, mostly on the filing fee for the Republican primary, and has $58,429 remaining.
Runion’s biggest contribution was $15,000 from Bill Holtzman, owner of the Mount Jackson-based Holtzman Oil Co. Runion also donated $4,000 to his campaign.
Runion also received a $4,000 from his business, Eddie Edwards Signs in Harrisonburg. Other, smaller contributions came from Rockingham County Supervisor Bill Kyger, former Harrisonburg Councilman Abe Shearer and Phil Stone, the former president of Sweet Briar College.
He also received 19 donations of $1,000 from the owners of a variety of businesses, including poultry, finance, trucking and real estate.
Pattie brought in $85,687 during the reporting period. However, $71,181 of that came from a loan that he gave his campaign.
Pattie also received $1,000 from the campaign committee for his seat on the Board of Supervisors.
He received $5,000 from Michael O’Donnell, of Scottsdale, Arizona, and $1,000 from Let’s Grow, Virginia!, a political action committee created by former gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie.
Pattie spent $10,230 and has $75,457 remaining.
Augusta County activist Jenni Kitchen is the Democratic nominee for the seat. She raised $3,515 and spent $2,384. Her expenditures were largely for training, but some were for meals and one was for a $16 jacket at Goodwill. She has $1,836.
Lauren Thompson, who planned to seek the Democratic nomination but didn’t file paperwork by the deadline, raised $3,335. She spent $2,839 and has $1,406 remaining.
Republicans raised $150,228 in the district, while Democrats raised only $6,850.
Del. Nick Freitas, R-Culpeper, is running for re-election in the 30th District, which covers all of Madison and Orange counties and part of Culpeper County.
He received $15,000 from Chris Rufer, the CEO of The Morning Star Company, a food processing company in California.
Freitas spent $3,508, including $1,000 donations to the campaigns of D.J. Jordan in the 31st District and his wife, Tina, who is running in the 24th Senate District.
He has $19,143 remaining.
Democrat Ann Ridgeway raised $5,350, of which $5,000 was in-kind services. She spent $5,320 and has $29 remaining.
In the 57th District, which covers Charlottesville and surrounding parts of Albemarle County, only Democrats are seeking the seat being vacated by longtime Del. David J. Toscano, D-Charlottesville.
City Councilor Kathy Galvin outraised her opponent, University of Virginia professor Sally Hudson, during the reporting period, although Galvin didn’t jump in the race until last month.
Galvin raised $27,881, of which $2,000 came from a loan she gave the campaign and $6,000 were in-kind contributions. She spent $8,277 and has $19,604 remaining.
Galvin received $1,000 contributions from Chuck Rotgin, president of Great Eastern Management Co.; Gary Stevens of Washington, D.C.; and Rebecca Stevens, a D.C. art curator.
She also received $500 from Planning Commissioner Hosea Mitchell and $250 each from Albemarle County Supervisor Liz Palmer and former city School Board member Linda Seaman.
Hudson raised $20,596 and spent $39,533. She has $112,465 in her campaign war chest.
Margaret Gupta, of Reston, donated $2,500 to Hudson’s campaign.
Hudson received $1,000 each from Jim Andrews; Sarah McLean; Joanna Blakemore; former Albemarle supervisor candidate Cynthia Neff; Charles Fox, a partner in the McGuireWoods law firm; and the campaign committee of former congressional candidate Leslie Cockburn.
She also received smaller donations from former City Councilor Kristin Szakos, city School Board member Lisa Torres and City Council candidate Michael Payne.
In the 58th District, incumbent Del. Rob Bell, R-Albemarle, is outraising his Democratic challenger.
Bell’s seat covers all of Greene County and parts of Albemarle, Fluvanna and Rockingham counties.
Bell raised $67,715 through mostly large contributions. He spent $24,138 and has $247,231 remaining.
Bell received $25,000 from Arthur Watson, of Glen Echo Farms, and $10,000 each from Tiger Lily Capital and Douglas Caton, CEO of the Caton Cos., a city property management company.
Bell received $3,000 from the Virginia Trial Lawyers PA and $2,500 each from attorney James Cheng and Ja-Zan LLC.
He received six $1,000 donations, including one from Norfolk Southern and $1,250 from Great Eastern Management Co.
Bell’s Democratic challenger, Elizabeth Alcorn, raised $16,680, spent $14,116 and has $8,667 remaining.
Her contributions include $1,000 from the campaign committee of Walter Alcorn, who is running for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, and $250 from former 5th Congressional District candidate Ben Cullop.
One of two area districts where Democrats outraised a Republican incumbent is the 56th, which covers all of Louisa County and parts of Goochland, Henrico and Spotsylvania counties.
Democrat Juanita Jo Matkins raised $18,989, of which $2,000 came from a loan she provided herself.
She received $2,500 each from Jennifer Wainright, a research scientist at the United Network for Organ Sharing, and Adam Holmes, a physician at the Department of Veteran Affairs. She also got $2,000 from Pamela Richardson, a physician with Goochland Cares.
Matkins also received $1,000 from Jeanne Wolf, of Louisa.
Incumbent Del. John McGuire, R-Louisa, raised $9,540 and spent $8,524. He has $20,121 remaining for the campaign.
His biggest contributions came from Richmond law firms. He also received $2,500 from Douglas Wisor, a physician at the National Spine and Pain Centers.
Democrats also outraised the Republican incumbent in the 59th District. The seat is held by Del. Matt Fariss, R-Campbell, and covers parts of Albemarle, Nelson and Campbell counties and all of Buckingham and Appomattox counties.
Democrat Tim Hickey raised $17,128 and spent $6,525. He has $20,764 remaining.
His biggest contribution is from Smith, who gave $5,000.
Hickey’s other gifts were mostly small. He’s given himself nearly $4,000 during the campaign.
Fariss raised $3,000, spent $11,961 and has $1,331 remaining. His funds came from AT&T, as well as PACs for retail and cable companies.
In the 17th Senate District, which covers part of Albemarle, Culpeper, Spotsylvania and Louisa counties and all of Orange County and Fredericksburg, several candidates are seeking to oust incumbent Sen. Bryce Reeves, R-Spotsylvania.
Reeves raised $165,447 in his fight for re-election. He spent $65,752 and has $218,995 remaining.
Reeves’ contributions came from business owners, retirees and political action committees.
Democrat Amy Laufer raised the second most of all candidates, bringing in $101,405 in the reporting period. She spent $26,207 and has $75,197 remaining.
Laufer received $15,000 from Smith and several donations between $1,000 and $2,500, including $1,000 from Rotgin.
Laufer, who resigned from the Charlottesville School Board this year, received several donations from local politicians, including Albemarle School Board member Kate Acuff; former congressional candidates Jane Dittmar and Cockburn; Toscano; Albemarle Supervisors Norman Dill, Diantha McKeel and Ned Gallaway; Charlottesville Clerk Llezelle Dugger; Albemarle commonwealth’s attorney candidate Jim Hingeley and Charlottesville School Board member Sherry Kraft.
Republican Rich Breeden of Spotsylvania, vice president of Kingfisher Systems Inc., raised $48,250 in the reporting period. He spent $36,011 and has $15,415 remaining.
Democrat Ben Hixon raised $9,212, spent $4,393 and has $4,819 remaining.
Hixon’s funds came from mostly small donations, with his biggest contribution coming from the committee of his previous campaign for the House of Delegates.
Republican Danielle Noel Gibeson didn’t report any contributions and hasn’t raised any funds.
In total, Democrats raised $110,617 for the seat, while the GOP received $212,697.
In the 22nd Senate District, Sen. Mark Peake, R-Lynchburg, raised $5,850. He spent $13,417 and has more than $54,000 remaining.
Peake’s Democratic challenger, Dakota Claytor, raised $891, spent $587 and has $303 left.
In the 24th Senate District, incumbent Sen. Emmett W. Hanger, R-Mount Solon, has a significant financial advantage over his challengers.
Hanger only raised $5,700 in the reporting period but has more than $230,000 in his campaign war chest.
He’s facing a challenger from his party in Tina Freitas, who raised $72,588 and spent $21,721. She has $50,867 remaining.
Democrat Annette Hyde of Madison, who raised $1,860, spent $970 and has $5,015 remaining.
Sen. R. Creigh Deeds, D-Bath, is running unopposed in the 25th Senate District, which includes Charlottesville. He raised $10,820 in the reporting period, spent $9,002 and has $111,145 remaining.
In the 65th House District, Del. R. Lee Ware Jr., R-Powhatan, is also running unopposed. He raised $14,550, spent $26,989 and has $91,960 in his campaign chest.