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Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Englewood). Photo courtesy of the Assembly Majority Office.

Huttle team has cash edge in district 37

Assemblywoman, running mates, have nearly doubled Johnson slate’s fundraising

By Nikita Biryukov, May 18 2021 11:30 am

Assemblywoman Valeri Vainieri Huttle (D-Englewood) and her running mates had a sizeable cash advantage 29 days out from the primary election, where the assemblywoman and Assemblyman Gordon Johnson (D-Englewood) will compete to succeed Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck).

Vainieri Huttle is far and away the race’s top fundraiser. She’s brought in $322,269.14, though $151,000 came from a personal loan she made to her campaign. She’s spent much of that money, $157,556.51 and has $21,977.62 left in her war chest.

Johnson, meanwhile, reporting bringing in $64,980 in 29-day pre-election reports filed with the Election Law Enforcement Commission. He reported spending $25,323.96 and had $61,090.93 banked. He also had $3,979.80 in campaign debt, though he has not loaned his campaign any money.

The assemblywoman’s running mates, Teaneck Councilwoman Gervonn Romney Rice and Tenafly Councilwoman Lauren Kohn Dayton, had less stellar fundraising.

Kohn Dayton raised $23,828 over the reporting period and spent $15,110.07. She had $8,817.93 in the bank. Romney Rice, meanwhile, raised just $4,110.87 and spent $9,345. She had $13,455.87 left in reserves.

Johnson running mates Shama Haider, a former Tenafly councilwoman, and Ellen Park, a former Englewood Cliffs councilwoman, did not file reports with ELEC.

Their joint fundraising committee, however, has far outpaced that of the rival slate.

Johnson’s team reported jointly raising $120,172.72, though they’ve burnt through most of that money, $77,050.19, and have $43,122.23 left on hand.

The Huttle-Rice-Dayton joint committee raised just $18,700. It spent $13,500 and had $5,200 in reserves.

These fundraising figures don’t include spending or fundraising by independent expenditures groups or party organizations.

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