DFL-endorsed candidate Leanne Kunze reported strong fundraising results through July 19, with a total of $5,456 raised. Kunze’s cash-on-hand was a solid $3,173.14.
Both figures represent significant improvements in fundraising over previous DFL challengers in the district, and show that Kunze is doing a better job of fundraising than other non-incumbent DFL House candidates in the area.
Ernie Leidiger, the Republican-endorsed candidate has not yet filed his report with the State Campaign Finance Board. Per statute, Leidiger is incurring fines of $50 per day for each day late (the report was due on July 26).
As with the State Senate race, the DFL candidate is placing themselves in position to be very competitive in November. With 34A being an open seat, and Kunze’s long background in the area (compared to Leidiger’s relatively recent move into the area from California), this figures to be a hard-fought race to the end.
[UPDATE]: Leidiger has filed his campaign report. He reported raising $7,158 — which includes $2,000 in loans and $1,100 in cash contributions directly from the candidate. Leidiger reproted a cash on hand position of $3,640.60 with unpaid bills of over $3,800. After the filing period, Leidiger lent his campaign an additional $1,000.