Republicans Continue To Trail Democrats in City Council Campaign Fundraising

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As the Weekly has reported in the past, the GOP challengers for Tucson City Council have had trouble raising funds this year.

The news hasn’t gotten much better for the Republicans with the latest campaign finance reports, which were due today and covered fundraising through Sept. 14.

In Ward 1, Republican Bill Hunt had raised just under $11,000 and had less than $4,900 in the bank. Hunt hopes to unseat Democratic incumbent Regina Romero, who had raised more than $54,000 and received an additional $20,000 in city matching funds. Romero had already spent more than $60,000 and had about $14,200 in the bank.

In Ward 2, Republican Kelly Lawton has raised just over $13,000 and had about $10,100 in the bank. Lawton is up against Democratic incumbent Paul Cunningham, who had raised more than $40,600 and supplemented that with more than $34,000 in public matching funds, bringing his total campaign warchest to more than $75,000. Cunningham had more than $24,000 in the bank at the end of the reporting period.

IIn Ward 4, Republican Margaret Burkholder had raised just over $12,000 and had about $6,500 left in the bank. Democratic incumbent Shirley Scott had raised nearly $41,000 and has applied for city matching funds. Scott had about $3,500 left in the bank at the close of the reporting period.

Early voting in the Nov. 3 election begins in less than two weeks.

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