Originally in Leesburg Today

Campaign finance reports released this week show candidates vying to represent Loudoun County in state offices are starting work early to drum up support.

Jill McCabe, a Loudoun Democrat and pediatrician challenging state Sen. Richard H. Black (R-13), tallied some of the highest first quarter fundraising numbers in the state, bringing in $65,371.

While Black ended the reporting period with a hefty $216,916 on hand (as compared to McCabe’s $64,951 ending balance), he brought in just $35,085 of that in the first quarter, which runs January through March.

But incumbent legislators had only a few weeks to collect money from donors in this reporting period. Virginia bans state lawmakers from raising money, or even attending fundraisers, while the General Assembly is in session.

McCabe noted in an email that 73 percent of her supporters were small-dollar contributors, giving less than $100 each, as compared to Black, whose smallest donation was $250 from the Virginia Optometric Association.

“I’m incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support we've received in such a short amount of time,” McCabe said in a prepared statement. “Whether it’s growing the economy or protecting funding for our schools, our district hasn't had someone fighting for us in Richmond lately. I want to change that, and I think these numbers are a reflection of strong support for our message.”

Another Democratic challenger, Elizabeth Miller, also brought in a decent haul in the first quarter, raising $25,092, as compared to incumbent Del. Thomas A. “Tag” Greason (R-32) who raised $9,825. Miller ended the quarter with a $49,143 balance; Greason ended it with $64,749.

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