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Sun Gazette: Local legislators have war chests of varying degrees Print

Created:  Tuesday, January 20, 2015


They are not expected to face serious competition in November, but the seven members of the Arlington delegation to the General Assembly have varying degrees of money tucked away for their upcoming campaigns.

"Varying," indeed: The legislator representing parts of Arlington with the largest amount of cash on hand had more than 36 times the moolah than the one with the lowest at the end of 2014, according to figures reported by the nonprofit Virginia Public Access Project.

As of Dec. 31, state Sen. Janet Howell (D-32nd) had $139,476 in her campaign coffers, with state Sen. Barbara Favola (D-31st) at $129,770 and state Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-30th) at $41,923.

The three legislators have had four years to raise the cash; all three are expected to seek re-election to new terms in November.

On the House of Delegates' side, where campaigns take place every two years, the cash-on-hand was generally lower. Del. Rob Krupicka (D-45th) reported a nest egg of $59,729, with Del. Rip Sullivan (D-48th) reporting $22,988, Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-49th) $14,046 and Del. Patrick Hope (D-47th) $3,818.

All are expected to seek re-election.

The highest total cash on hand? On the Senate side, it was House Majority Leader Thomas Norment (R-Williamsburg), at $889,871. On the House side, it was Del. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk) at $431,359.

Figures are based on reports filed with the State Board of Elections.