Fellow challengers Tom Niermann and Brent Welder brought in significant contributions during their first quarter of campaigning, but Leawood attorney Andrea Ramsey holds a marked advantage in cash on hand at this point in the race for the Democratic nomination for the District 3 Congressional seat.
Third quarter fundraising totals show that Ramsey had a total of $373,604 on hand as of Sept. 30. That total includes $289,010 in contributions made by individuals, and a $125,000 loan Ramsey made to her own campaign.
In his first campaign finance report, Bonner Springs labor attorney Brent Welder showed $108,000 in contributions from individuals and a $20,750 loan made by Welder to the campaign. He has $107,733 on hand.
Niermann’s campaign brought in $182,464 during the third quarter, and reports cash on hand of $124,729.
Jay Sidie, the 2016 Democratic nominee for the seat, has brought in $34,026 so far this year, and has cash on hand of $65,612. Fellow challenger Chris Haulmark has $3,947 on hand. Candidate Reggie Marseuls does not have a current report on file with the FEC.
With an extra quarter of fundraising underneath her belt and the loan she made to her campaign, Ramsey’s warchest is twice as large as Niermann’s at this point, though the Prairie Village teacher has shown the ability to competitively raise funds in the opening months of his campaign.
Regardless, the Democrats will face a well-heeled incumbent in the general. Kevin Yoder announced third quarter fundraising totals this week showing he brought in $436,000 in the third quarter and has $1.4 million cash on hand.