First-quarter fundraising numbers show tough races

ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The first-quarter fundraising numbers for statewide candidates are out, and some have pulled in a lot more than others.

Amy Laufer, one of two democratic candidates for the 17th District Senate seat, raised $101,000 in the first quarter according to campaign finance data. It was a goal she'd set for her campaign, and she believes it’s a sign her message is resonating.

"I think it's really an indication of people wanting representatives to share their values and have their voices be heard in Richmond," Laufer said.

She also cited her 337 donors as a sign her campaign has broad appeal. Of that number, 190 gave $100 or less.

She says she's listening to voters concerns.

"They want access to health care, education and broadband," she said.

The 17th District Republican incumbent, Bryce Reeves, raised $165,000 in the first quarter. He says being in Richmond during the General Assembly session slowed his fundraising, but he's optimistic that will pick up.

“We still were very strong. We were number three overall,” he said of the first-quarter figure. “So while that’s a strong number, it’s not as strong as I had hoped.”

Reeves says he's also been listening to constituents.

"What I'm hearing in the district, especially in your neck of the woods and Albemarle and everywhere else, is they're really upset about health care," he said.

Reeves received donations from 145 people, 58 of which were $100 or less.

The other Democrat running for the nomination, Ben Hixon, has raised about $9,200 with 100 donations. Reeves’ Republican primary challenger, Rich Breeden, has raised about $48,000 from 46 donations.

In the races for the 57th District House of Delegates seat, two Democrats are running. Kathy Galvin raised nearly $28,000 in the first quarter from 123 donations while Sally Hudson raised close to $21,000 from 160 donations.

In the 58th District House race, Republican incumbent Rob Bell has raised almost $68,000. His Democratic opponent Elizabeth Alcorn has raised around $23,000.

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