Attorney general hopeful Jennings pulls in big bucks — again

DOVER — Democratic attorney general nominee Kathy Jennings keeps raking in campaign contributions.

Ms. Jennings, who won a four-way primary with a majority of the vote last month, raised about $101,000 from Aug. 30 to Sunday, according to campaign finance data published Tuesday.

She has collected about $576,000 this year.

Her opponent, Republican Bernard Pepukayi, has raised about $43,400, although he didn’t jump into the race until August.

The two are competing to succeed Matt Denn, a Democrat not seeking a second term.

Treasurer Ken Simpler, the only statewide Republican incumbent running for reelection, has raised almost $163,000 this year. He’s also spent about $247,000, with some of that going toward TV advertising.

Democratic challenger Colleen Davis reported collecting about $30,200, in addition to loaning herself $5,000.

Green Party nominee David Chandler raised no funds.

Both Mr. Simpler and Ms. Jennings had more than $90,000 on hand as of Sunday.

Kathy Jennings

In the auditor’s race, Republican James Spadola raised about $52,300 and loaned himself $5,000. Democrat Kathy McGuiness, who defeated two other Democrats in a primary, had contributions of about $44,600 and a self-loan of $2,000 from Aug. 30 to Sunday.

She spent about $67,200 in that same period.

Due to health concerns, Republican Auditor Tom Wagner is not seeking reelection after 29 years in the office.

Among legislative candidates, Senate Minority Whip Greg Lavelle stood out by pulling in about $93,900. A Sharpley Republican running for reelection in the 4th Senatorial District he is being opposed by Democrat Laura Sturgeon, who raised about $81,200 this year.

Sen. Lavelle also loaned himself $35,000 and spent more than $91,500.

House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf, a Rehoboth Beach Democrat, added to his six-figure war chest by collecting another $43,000. Even after expending $38,800, he still had about $110,000 left.

His opponent in the 14th Representative District, Republican James DeMartino, raised approximately $8,700.

Democrat Dave Baker, a candidate in the 6th Senatorial District, reported contributions of just over $50,400, as well as a self-loan of about $3,000.

His opponent, Sen. Ernie Lopez, a Lewes Republican, collected a little more than $36,100.

Sen. Colin Bonini, a Dover Republican from the 16th Senatorial District, had collected about $26,500 as of Sunday, while Democratic challenger Louisa Phillips had raised about $10,600 and loaned herself $6,500.

In the race for the 35th Representative District seat being vacated by Rep. Dave Wilson, a Bridgeville Republican running for state Senate, Democrat Don Allan reported pulling in almost $35,200. The financial report for Republican Bryan Shupe was not online as of Tuesday evening.

Bob Wheatley, a Democrat hoping to unseat Sen. Bryant Richardson in the 21st Senatorial District, had collections of $32,400 and loaned his campaign more than $3,600. Sen. Richardson, a Laurel Republican, raised about $26,600 and loaned himself a little more than $2,000.

Rep. Jeff Spiegelman, a Republican from Clayton, received contributions from two Democratic lawmakers: Sen. Bruce Ennis and Rep. William Carson, both of whom represent the Smyrna area. According to the Senate Democratic caucus, the donations were reimbursements for advertisements, paid for out of pocket by Rep. Spiegelman, that featured all three men, who serve as co-chairs of the Delaware Sportsmen’s Caucus.

Sen. Ennis also donated to Rep. Spiegelman’s opponent in the 11th Representative District, Democrat Paul Thornburg.

The general election is Nov. 6.


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