Democrat Linda Stender continues to outpace the field of seven Republicans in the seventh congressional district.
Stender raised $135,000 between April 1st and May 14th, and has approximately $900,000 on hand.
The next best fundraiser in the district is Kate Whitman, who wasn’t too far behind Stender during the same period. She raised $102,000, bringing her total raised to $547,989. As of May 14th, Whitman had $205,384.81 on hand.
Whitman has no debts, but about $50,000 of her money comes from maxed out contributions that have to be set aside for the general election. Taking that into account, state Sen. Leonard Lance currently has the largest Republican war chest for the primary.
Lance raised $88,015 last reporting period, and, including a $100,000 personal loan, has raised $384,146 to date. He has $191,104.78.
Former Summit Councilwoman P. Kelly Hatfield trails far behind Lance, having raised $18,515 for the period and $112,957.19 to date – including a personal loan of $50,000. She has $77,432.77 on hand.
Scotch Plains Mayor Marty Marks is running a close fourth, having raised $15,940 last quarter and $114,280 altogether, including a $50,000 personal loan.
Reports were not available for three candidates: Tom Roughneen, A.D. Amar and Darren Young.