The Democratic field has cleared in the race to fill retiring U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks’ seat in the 6th Congressional District. And Democrat Derek Kilmer, who is a state senator from Gig Harbor and endorsed by Dicks himself, cements his leading position with the financial report his campaign said today it is filing.
Kilmer’s campaign spokesman Chris Gregorich says that reports being sent to the Federal Election Commission show the campaign has collected $358,039.18 through March and has $346,462.55 cash in hand.
Not bad for a candidate who entered the race a few days after Dicks announced March 2 that he would retire after 18 terms. Other details on Kilmer’s cash collections are not yet available.
FEC data show that four Republicans have registered to raise money in the race – led by Jesse L. Young with $8,404 raised and $90,488 cash on hand as of Dec. 31. Another Republican, Douglas Cloud, has reported raising $3,501 through Dec. 31 and Robert Sauerwein reported $2,898 with $1 cash on hand through March 31.
Lastly, Stephan A. Brodhead has listed no collections.
Kilmer is in session this week as top state Senate Democratic negotiator on the capital budget, and as such would be barred by the state campaign freeze from raising funds for a state election – just as Attorney General Rob McKenna cannot raise funds for his gubernatorial race. But that freeze does not apply to federal campaigns, which has freed Kilmer to collect money.
Kilmer put out this statement through his campaign this morning:
“I entered this race on March 5, and in just one month we have seen extraordinary support,” said Kilmer. “I am grateful for the financial support and the over 300 endorsements we have received. We’re working hard to continue this terrific momentum.”