Local Republicans Haul In Campaign Cash

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Sen. Bill Pritchard, R-Elkins, raised slightly more campaign money from April 1 to May 12 than his opponent in the May 22 Republican primary election, according to campaign reports filed Tuesday.

Pritchard raised $26,550 for the reporting period that ended 10 days before next Tuesday’s election, his document filed with the Secretary of State’s office shows.

That amount brings his total sum raised for the campaign to $120,228. Pritchard has spent $96,500, and he reported having $38,787 in cash on hand. He has lent $15,000 of his own money to the race. 

His opponent, Rep. Jon Woods, R-Springdale, raised $26,275 from April 1 to May 12, bringing his total amount raised for the campaign to $79,650. He reported having $17,858 in cash on hand. Woods has contributed $20,000 of his own money to the campaign.

The Republican winner in the District 7 race on Tuesday faces Democrat Diana Gonzales Worthen of Springdale in the Nov. 6 general election. The district encompasses Springdale, Johnson and parts of eastern Washington County.

In the race for newly created Senate District 1, encompassing Bentonville and surrounding areas, the two Republican vying for the seat have raised more than $100,000 each during the campaign. No Democrat has filed for the District 1 seat.

Political newcomer Bart Hester of Cave Springs raised $18,075 for the recent period, bringing his total amount raised during the campaign to $106,800. He reported having $35,331 in cash on hand. Hester’s campaign finance form indicates he only reported the amounts raised through April 30, not May 12.

Rep. Tim Summers, R-Bentonville, reported Tuesday that he raised $6,500 during the period, bringing his total contributions for the campaign to $105,045. He reported having $22,879 in cash on hand. It is unclear from Summers’ report what dates the reporting period covers. Summers neglected to fill in the dates on his campaign finance form but checked a box labeled “April Monthly.”

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