John Bell, Democratic candidate for the House of Delegates’ 87th District, brought in a hefty amount of donations for a challenger. He raised $93,559 from January through March 31, and ended the quarter with $71,801 on hand.
Bell is challenging Republican Del. David Ramadan, who is serving his first term in the newly created district. Ramadan raised $26,699 in the first quarter. He started the year with $51,296 in his campaign coffers, however, and ended the first quarter with $42,326 on hand.
Bell, a South Riding resident, said he worked to start the campaign with a strong financial base, “because your ability to get your message out is largely about having good fundraising.”
“I’m very thankful to the people who have reached out and supported my campaign,” he added. “It shows a strong base support for the campaign going forward, and I think we’ll be able to run a great race.”
In yet another sign incumbent Del. David Ramadan (R-87th) is likely in for a tight reelection bid this November, the 2013 first quarter fundraising figures released this week reveal Ramadan's challenger, Democrat John Bell, not only out-raised the Republican, but also has more cash on hand for the days ahead.
Bell raised approximately $93,000 to Ramadan's $26,000 in January, February and March. In terms of cash on hand, the Democrat is holding nearly $72,000 while the incumbent has $42,000 to spend.
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