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Low Fundraising Reported in State Representative Battle

Both candidates running for State Representative in District 86 reported modest fundraising totals during the most recent campaign finance reporting period.

According to reports filed on Monday, incumbent Republican John Smithee reported pulling in around $9,000 for his warchest in the most recent reporting period, with a little over $17,000 in expenditures. The majority of the longtime Republican’s fundraising was from political action committees and funds, with 89 percent of his contributions coming from these types of groups. In total, Smithee finished the period with a little under $300,000 in the bank.

Meanwhile, Smithee’s Democratic challenger, retired teacher Mike Purcell, also reported a low fundraising total. Purcell raised about $3,000 during the most recent period, with $2,500 in expenditures. Purcell has about $2,600 in the bank.

Voters will decide this race in November.

Smithee, Purcell

Smithee, Purcell

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