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Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing). (Photo: Facebook).

Watson Coleman reports biggest fundraising quarter since 2016

Congresswoman outraises lone GOP opponent 6-1

By Joey Fox, April 18 2022 1:29 pm

Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing) reported raising $162,275 in the first quarter of 2022, a sum that doesn’t match the totals of her colleagues in more competitive districts but still represents the congresswoman’s largest single-quarter fundraising haul since 2016. Watson Coleman has raised $565,494 since the cycle began, and has $250,982 left in cash-on-hand.

Her only opponent, Republican Darius Mayfield, raised $27,904 in the same time period. He’s raised $167,975 overall this cycle – a not-insignificant sum for a Republican candidate in a solidly Democratic district – but high spending has left him with a warchest of only $18,345.

Since she won a hotly contested Democratic primary in 2014 and became the first woman of color to represent New Jersey in Congress, Watson Coleman has not faced any real threat from either party. That’s very unlikely to change this year, as the 12th district retained heavily Democratic areas like Trenton, Princeton, and Plainfield after congressional redistricting.

Mayfield briefly faced a contested primary against filmmaker Nick Catucci, but Catucci was kicked off the ballot for having insufficient signatures.

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