With the latest campaign finance reports coming in to the Commissioner of Political Practices, it’s time to take a quick look at how the candidates are doing when it comes to raising money.
Today, we’ll take a look at the races that are currently less competitive—Superintendent of Public Instruction, Auditor, and Secretary of State. Tomorrow, the very interesting stories about Governor and Attorney general.
Secretary of State
Scott Aspenlieder, the relatively unknown Republican candidate for Secretary of State, is promoting the fact that he outraised incumbent Democrat Linda McCulloch today, and indeed, he raised about $300 more than she did this quarter. McCulloch still has a lead in cash on hand, but it would certainly be encouraging to see McCulloch raise her game in the next financial report.
Aspenlieder raised $12,385 this quarter and McCulloch raised $12,035.
Aspenlieder’s a bit of a mystery candidate, with stock photos and even more generic promises to somehow “uphold electoral integrity” combined with a propensity for insulting teachers, but in an uncertain climate for Democrats, McCulloch needs to raise enough money to fend off inevitable attacks.
There are only two declared candidates for Auditor at the moment, incumbent Democrat Monica Lindeen and Republican Derek Skees. Lindeen raised just over $14,000 this quarter and has $36,000 on hand.
Skees did not file a report, in part because he just announced and in part because the Commissioner’s office did not know how to count Confederate currency.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Incumbent Democrat Denise Juneau raised just over $12,000 this quarter, bringing her cash on hand to $35,427. It remains to be seen if Republicans will find a credible challenger for Juneau. History suggests they won’t.