Republican and incumbent candidates for House of Delegates seats in Central Virginia were able to raise more money and pull in more large individual donations than their Democratic opponents — with some exceptions — according to the latest filing reports.
Campaign finance reports detailing candidates’ contributions and expenses for the month of September were filed in mid-October, less than a month out from the Nov. 7 election.
In the 25th District, Del. R. Steven Landes, R-Weyers Cave, was able to raise $19,933, spent $29,129 during the latest filing period and has $90,381 cash on hand, according to information compiled on the Virginia Public Access Project. A majority of the individual contributions to his re-election campaign were worth more than $100.
Angela Lynn, the Democratic challenger, was able to pull in $18,362 and spent $9,237 in the same time span, with $23,147 cash on hand. In contrast to Landes, a majority of the individual contributions in this filing period were $100 or less.
The 25th is made up of parts of Albemarle, Augusta and Rockingham counties.
In the 58th, which is made up of parts of Albemarle, Fluvanna and Rockingham and all of Greene counties, Del. Rob Bell, R-Albemarle, raised $78,474, spent $14,913 and ended the filing period with $393,000 on hand. More than half of his contributions were in amounts of more than $100 each.
Democrat Kellen Squire gained $29,803 in contributions, spent $15,034 and finished with $35,111 on hand. At least three-quarters of the contributions to Squire’s campaign were $100 or less.
In the 20th District, Del. Richard P. “Dickie” Bell, R-Staunton, raised $41,951 — more than half of that from contributions of more than $100 — while spending $63,575. His cash on hand comes out to $48,513.
Democrat Michele Edwards was able to raise $18,378, more than half of that was from small contributions, while spending $7,266. She has $38,242 on hand.
Will Hammer, a Libertarian running for the same seat, only had two contributions in the last filing period for a combined $45, and he spent $2. He currently has $387 on hand.
The 20th is made up of parts of Augusta and Nelson and all of Highland counties, as well as the cities of Staunton and Waynesboro.
In the 30th District, Del. Nick J. Freitas, R-Culpeper, raised $12,998 from mostly contributions of $100 or more and spent $9,280, with $18,420 on hand.
Ben Hixon, the Democratic challenger, was able to outraise his opponent this filing period with $28,039, while spending $6,616. He finishes out with $50,636 on hand.
The 30th is made up of Madison and Orange counties, as well as part of Culpeper County.
The race for the 56th District is open this year, and Democratic hopeful Melissa Dart was able to raise $24,651 from mostly small donations and spent $14,205. She has $39,222 on hand.
Republican John McGuire was able to raise $23,632 on mostly small donations, as well, and spent $20,784, leaving him with $40,841 on hand.
The 56th is made up of parts of Goochland, Henrico and Spotsylvania and all of Louisa counties.
In the 59th District, Del. Matt Fariss, R-Campbell, was able to raise $14,360 with mostly small donations and spent $5,451. He has $44,176 on hand.
Information for the most recent filing period for Democrat Tracy Carver was not readily available. But overall, he has raised $7,817 and spent $7,747, leaving him with $68 on hand.
Two third-party candidates are on the ballot in the 59th, as well. Green Party candidate Marcus Sutphin was able to raise $778 and spent $741 in the latest filing period. He has $270 on hand.
Independent David Ball raised $20 from one contribution, spent $9 and has $40 on hand.
The 59th is made up of parts of Albemarle, Campbell and Nelson and all of Appomattox and Buckingham counties.
Del. R. Lee Ware, R-Powhatan, of the 65th District, raised $17,715 from mostly contributions of more than $100 and spent $7,465, leaving him with $95,293 on hand.
Democrat Francis Stevens was able to raise $4,840 and spent $1,912. He has $14,127 on hand.
The 65th is made up of parts of Chesterfield, Fluvanna and Goochland and all of Powhatan counties.
Del. David J. Toscano, the House minority leader, is not facing an opponent in the general election. He has, however, raised $52,557 from mostly large donations and spent $117,987 — $100,000 of it to the House Democratic Caucus — in the most recent filing period. He has $115,800 on hand.
The 57th District is made up of part of Albemarle County and all of Charlottesville.