Finance reports filed with the Kansas Secretary of State’s office this week show that Republican Dorothy Hughes has amassed a sizable fundraising lead over her competitors.
The summary of fundraising activities from Jan. 1 through July 21 showed Hughes raised $25,270 from 99 contributors. Her primary opponent Neil Melton raised $7,119 from 36 donors. Democrat Jerry Stogsdill, who doesn’t face a primary opponent, raised $7,985 from 31 donors.
Of note, Hughes has received nine $500 contributions from highway contracting companies, organizations that have been hurt by the state’s frequent sweeps from the Kansas Department of Transportation’s highway construction funds. Melton received a $250 contribution from the Kansas Bankers Association. Stogsdill received a $500 contribution from the Kansas National Education Association PAC and a $250 contribution from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union #124 Voluntary Political Action Fund.
As of the filing date, Hughes showed $14,499 cash on hand; Stogsdill had $5,130; and Melton had $7,199.
Each candidate’s finance report is embedded below: