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Lisa Bhimani, left, and Darcy Draeger

LD25 Dems lag in cash despite fundraising lead

Bucco has $190,667.61 banked

By Nikita Biryukov, October 16 2019 5:20 pm

Democratic Assembly candidates in the 25th district have outraised their Republican counterparts, but the Republicans have more cash on hand, according to 29-day pre-election reports filed with the Election Law Enforcement Commission.

Challengers Darcy Draeger and Lisa Bhimani reported jointly raising $192,731.13 on top of $136,556.35 transferred from a primary account.

They have $10,621.13 on hand.

Draeger also received a $5,000 donation to her personal campaign account from runWOMENserve, a political action committee created by former State Sen. Diane Allen. The PAC is meant to get women into the legislature without regard for their party alignment.

Draeger has not spent or transferred any part of the $5,000 donation.

Assemblyman Tony Bucco, the only incumbent in the race, reported raising $87,642.52 on top of $144,895.86 left over from the primary.

He has $190,667.61 on hand, though it’s not immediately clear how much of that money Bucco intends to spend.

Bucco was elected to fill his late father’s State Senate seat on Tuesday. He’ll need to run again next year for the remainder of the unexpired term.

His running mate, Denville Councilman Brian Bergen, raised less, adding $24,731.20 to the $2,580.32 he raised before winning the Republican nod.

He has $20,415.71 in his war chest.

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