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Loudoun’s State Candidates Prove—Again—They’re Fundraising Hea

© Leesburg Today - 09/24/2015

Loudoun candidates know how to rake in the bucks.

Men and women vying to represent the county in the Virginia General Assembly tallied some of the largest campaign fundraising figures in the state during the most recent two-month reporting period.

Seven Loudoun candidates for the House of Delegates ranked among the top 12 money-makers running for the General Assembly's lower chamber, according to the Virginia Public Access Project, which tracks money in politics.

Republican Raul ""Danny"" Vargas topped that list. Vargas, who is running in the 86th District following the retirement of longtime Republican legislator Del. Thomas Davis Rust, hauled in $176,983 in July and August -more than any other House candidate.

His challengers trailed far behind during the reporting period; Democratic opponent Jennifer Boysko raised $75,737, and independent Paul Brubaker brought in $3,001. Still, Boysko ended the period with $85,484 more cash on hand than Vargas.

Newcomer Jill McCabe made waves again this reporting period. In the money race in the state Senate's 13th District, the Democrat outpaced incumbent Republican Sen. Richard H. Black. She tallied $161,673 in raised funds, to Black's $130,108.

""I'm honored to have so many people support my campaign,"" McCabe said in a prepared statement. ""It's proof that what voters want are commonsense solutions in Richmond, not a career politician who is out-of-touch with Northern Virginia.""

Black still boasts the largest war chest of any Loudoun candidate seeking a state office. He ended the period with $288,781 on hand, to McCabe's $273,837.

Here is how 2015 state candidates' coffers fared this period:

Senate, 13th District

Democrat Jill McCabe

Raised: $161,673

Ending balance: $273,837

Republican Richard H. Black (incumbent)

Raised: $130,108

Ending balance: $288,782

Senate, 33rd District

Democrat Jennifer T. Wexton (incumbent)

Raised: $68,919

Ending balance: $193,017

Republican Stephen Hollingshead

Raised: $27,546

Ending balance: $8,074

Senate, 31st District

Democrat Barbara A. Favola (incumbent)

Raised: $ 34,218

Ending balance: $181,359

Republican George Forakis

Raised: $717

Ending balance: $207

House, 10th District

Republican J. Randall Minchew (incumbent)

Raised: 20,302

Ending balance: $182,863

Democrat Peter Rush

Raised: $2,300

Ending Balance: $1,400

House of Delegates, 32nd District

Republican Thomas A. ""Tag"" Greason (incumbent)

Raised: $85,849

Ending balance: $166,904

Democrat Elizabeth Miller

Raised: $49,216

Ending balance: $102,937

House of Delegates, 33rd District

Republican David A. LaRock (incumbent)

Raised: $29,142

Ending balance: $37,356

Democrat Chuck Hedges

Raised: $13,035

Ending balance: $19,935

Libertarian Mark Anderson

Raised: $595

Ending balance: $180

House of Delegates, 34th District

Democrat Kathleen J. Murphy (incumbent)

Raised: $88,304

Ending Balance: $259,463

Republican Craig Parisot

Raised: $72,886

Ending Balance: $44,618

House of Delegates, 86th District

Democrat Jennifer Boysko (D)

Raised: $75,737

Ending Balance: $210,207

Republican Raul ""Danny"" Vargas

Raised: $176,983

Ending Balance: $124,723

Independent Paul Brubaker

Raised: $3,001

Ending Balance: $2,604

House of Delegates, 87th District

Democrat John Bell

Raised: $ 85,849

Ending Balance: $130,159

Republican Chuong Nguyen

Raised: $71,819

Ending Balance: $15,453

Libertarian Brian Suojanen

Raised: $285

Ending Balance: $261

Reporter Jonathan Hunley contributed to this report.

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