Independent Arlington County Board candidate Michael McMenamin had the most cash on hand heading into the final stretch of campaign season, but total fund-raising has been soft for the four candidates vying for two open seats.
McMenamin’s campaign reported $13,699 on hand as of Aug. 31, according to Sept. 15 filings with the Virginia Department of Elections. That compares to $10,127 for Democrat Katie Cristol, $8,853 for Democrat Christian Dorsey and $1,657 for independent Audrey Clement.
(The Dorsey campaign, however, still has $19,500 in unpaid loans on the books. Other candidates reported no outstanding loans.)
In the most recent reporting period, which ran from July 1 to Aug. 31, McMenamin reported $13,454 in total contributions, with Dorsey garnering $13,164, Cristol $11,552 and Clement $4,056.
For the entire campaign – which, for Cristol and Dorsey, includes the Democratic primary held in June – total expenditures through Aug. 31 were $55,048 for Dorsey, $49,330 for Cristol, $5,520 for Clement and $2,050 for McMenamin.
Those figures pale in comparison to 2014, when independent John Vihstadt and Democrat Alan Howze each raised and spent more than $200,000 for runs in a County Board special election and then the general election. Vihstadt won both races.
The four candidates are vying to succeed Democrats Walter Tejada and Mary Hynes, who opted not to seek re-election after serving 12 and eight years on the County Board, respectively.