NoVa Incumbents Out-Raising Challengers in Key Assembly Races

Albo, Barker, Puller, Surovell outpace opponents in latest reporting period, Aug. 11-31 and have more cash-on-hand.

Incumbents in several closely watched Virginia Assembly races in Fairfax County out-raised their challengers last month, according to the Virginia Public Access Project, which tracks campaign spending. Here's a look at fund-raising for a few select races, plus the wide-open state's 30th District Senate race, with the general election just seven weeks away.

The amounts listed under each subheading are funds raised by the campaigns from Aug. 11-31, from reports submitted by Sept. 16 by the campaigns.

House of Delegates District 42 Race

  • Republican incumbent Dave Albo: $9,930
  • Democratic challenger Jack Dobbyn: $6,861

Republican Del. Dave Albo, the incumbent in the 42nd District, moved even further ahead of Democratic contender Jack Dobbyn in the money race to hang onto his seat, according to VPAP.

From Aug. 11-31, Albo raised $9,930 compared to challenger Dobbyn, who took in $6,861 during the same time period.

As of Aug. 31, Albo had $95,628 cash on hand, with the largest contribution of the 2011 election cycle, $15,000, coming from the Virginia Bankers Association of Glen Allen.

Challenger Mount Vernon resident Dobbyn, president of the Fairfax County Young Democrats, had a total of $4,923 on hand as of Aug. 31. 

Dobbyn’s largest contributions are from family members, including: John R. Dobbyn Sr. ($7,000) and Dyan Dobbyn Donaldson (about $38,000). Jack Dobbyn is vice president of operations at Dyan Dobbyn & Associates, a consulting service for residential real estate companies, located in Alexandria.

House of Delegate District 44 Race

  • Democratic incumbent Scott Surovell: $9,840
  • Republican John Barsa: $7,107
  • Independent Joseph Glean: $0

Incumbent Del. Scott Surovell, a Democrat, raised $9,840 from Aug. 11-31 and has $47,435 in cash on hand. Republican John Barsa has $7,848 cash on hand. Independent candidate Joseph Glean raised no money in the Aug. 11-31 window and had $10 cash on hand, according to VPAP.

Senate District 39 Race

  • Democrat incumbent George Barker: $36,721
  • Republican challenger Miller Baker: $28,811

George Barker’s first run for the 39th District Senate seat was a nail-biter, with Barker winning with 50.9 percent of the vote.

In the latest filing period, Barker raised $36,721.

Barker has $85,597 cash on hand as of Aug. 31. Barker’s largest contribution, $10,000, is from fellow Democrat, State Senate Majority Leader Richard Saslaw, who represents the 35th District, which includes parts of Fairfax County and Alexandria.

Barker’s challenger, Clifton attorney M. Miller Baker, took in $28,831 in the latest reporting period from Aug. 11-31. Baker has $54,353 cash on hand as of Aug. 31. The industry sector contributing the most to Baker: Law; Baker is a lawyer and has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Senate District 36 Race

  • Democrat incumbent Linda “Toddy” Puller: $25,231
  • Republican challenger Jeffery Frederick: $14,614

State Sen. , the incumbent Democrat who represents the state’s 36th District, is facing challenger former Del. , who won a GOP primary last month.  Puller’s cash-on-hand as of Aug. 31 was $143,271

Frederick, who won the GOP primary last month with 68.8 percent of the vote, reports $73,886 on hand as of Aug. 31.

Senate District 30 Race

  • Democrat Adam Ebbin: $36,577
  • Republican Tim McGhee: $275

District 30, up for grabs after the retirement of Democrat Patsy Ticer, will see Democrat Adam Ebbin and Republican Tim McGhee on the ballot.

Ebbin, , garnering 38.8 percent of the vote, reported $6,038 cash on hand as of Aug. 31. He sent a note out to supporters on Monday looking to raise more funds for the race.

Republican Tim McGhee raised $275 during that same time. He reported $1,558 cash on hand as of Aug. 31.


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