Denny Heck

U.S. Rep. Denny Heck speaks during a rally in Olympia in February 2019.

Five Democratic candidates running for Washington state’s 10th Congressional District have hauled in nearly $1 million collectively in contributions during the first quarter of 2020, a sign that campaign season was off to a fast start before social distancing measures were put in place due to COVID-19. 

Filing deadline for candidates running for federal office was April 15. First quarter 2020 receipts and disbursements cover the time period of Jan. 1 through March 31, according to the Federal Election Commission.  

While campaigns usually see an uptick in fundraising throughout an election year, second quarter numbers for congressional candidates could see a notable decline due to the coronavirus outbreak and social distancing measures, which largely went into place in mid-March. 

Fourth-term Democratic Congressman Denny Heck will not be seeking reelection to his seat serving the 10th Congressional District, but instead will run to replace Washington Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib. 

Kristine Reeves, the former 30th Legislative District representative who resigned last year to run for Heck’s vacant seat as a Democrat, netted the most contributions in this year’s first quarter. 

Supporters for the Moses Lake native pitched in a total $274,058 during the first three months of the year, according to data reports from the FEC. 

Her campaign also has more than $200,000 in cash on hand.

In a post to Twitter, her campaign states that 88 percent of contributions are from state residents. 

Marilyn Strickland, the former mayor of Tacoma and current CEO of the Seattle Metro Chamber of Commerce running as a Democrat, raked in $251,639 during the first quarter, according to FEC filings. 

According to her campaign, those came from more than 1,500 unique contributions. Her campaign has also spent more than $100,000 over the last five months in net operating expenditures. 

Last month, her campaign announced two endorsements from notable Democrats — one from longtime Washington state Congressman Norm Dicks and one from former Gov. Gary Locke. 

State Rep. Beth Doglio, a Democrat who represents the legislative district encompassing Olympia, also had a notable draw during her first quarter of fundraising, netting a total $239,639. 

Over the weekend, Doglio’s campaign announced she had received the endorsement of Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, who represents the Seattle area. Jayapal championed Doglio’s track record on climate policy and other progressive policies. 

Among other congressional candidates in Washington state, candidates for the 10th Congressional District have raised a fairly small amount, perhaps due to the size of the field and the lack of an incumbent. 

During the first quarter of 2020, Congresswoman Kim Schrier raised more than $2.5 million in an effort to retain her seat representing the 8th Congressional District, which straddles the Cascade Mountains, after the Democrats shifted the district blue in 2018 following former Republican Congressman Dave Reichert’s retirement.

Schrier’s hefty fundraising pull was the largest among any congressional candidate in Washington state during that time period.  

Joshua Collins, a Democratic Socialist running for the 10th, has been a trailblazer in reaching out for campaign contributions. Prior to Heck’s retirement last December, and before an onslaught of Democratic challengers arose to challenge the seat, Collins led the pack in fundraising and was second only to Heck himself. 

The millennial truck driver pulled in $82,071 during the first quarter of 2020, and his campaign has raised more than $205,000 since its start in early 2019. Conversely, it’s also spent more than $135,000 since the start of the election cycle and has about $68,000 in cash on hand. 

Nancy Slotnick has been the top-raising Republican in the race for the 10th Congressional District. Her campaign has raised about $10,800 this election cycle, and only $3,361 during the first quarter of the year. 

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