Katie Haven leads fundraising efforts
In their quest to become an Okanogan County commissioner, four candidates have — collectively — raised almost $65,000 this year, but that’s just half of what candidates took in four years ago.
This year’s contributions are also more lopsided, with 69% of the total (almost $45,000) raised by Democrat Katie Haven, who’s challenging incumbent Republican Andy Hover to represent the Methow Valley. Incumbent Chris Branch (no party preference) is next, with 20% of the total, at just over $13,000. Hover and Republican Shauna Beeman, who’s challenging Branch, each report raising less than $4,000.
A contribution report was due on Monday (Nov. 2) but, as of press time, only Branch had filed the report. For the sake of comparison, all totals reported here are from the most recent candidate filings as of Thursday (Oct. 29), but these don’t include contributions made in the final week of the campaign. Beeman filed her latest report Oct. 24.
In 2016, four candidates raised a total of more than $132,000, and their war chests were more comparable. Hover, Branch and Ashley Thrasher (no party preference), who ran against Hover, all raised around $30,000. Only incumbent Republican Sheilah Kennedy, whom Branch defeated, raised more — $41,500.
In 2018, District 3 incumbent Republican Jim DeTro was challenged by independent Salley Bull. DeTro raised almost $16,000 and Bull took in $14,000.
In the race between incumbent Republican Keith Goehner and Democratic challenger Adrianne Moore for the state House of Representatives for the 12th District, the candidates brought in a total of $217,893 as of Monday (Nov. 2). Moore took in $122,284, or 56%; Goehner took in $83,766 and had $11,843 on hand from his previous campaign.
State law requires all candidates to register with the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) and to report contributions and expenditures on a set schedule, with more frequent reports required in the run-up to Election Day.