Arlington County Board member John Vihstadt entered the final four months of campaign season with a healthy cash advantage over challenger Alan Howze.
Vihstadt finished the first half of the year with $33,773 in his campaign coffers, compared to $6,801 for Howze, according to State Board of Elections filings reported by the nonpartisan Virginia Public Access Project.
Running as an independent, Vihstadt defeated Democrat Howze in the April 8 special election for the seat of Chris Zimmerman, who resigned. Vihstadt and Howze are the lone two candidates in the general-election race for a full four-year County Board term.
During the reporting period that ran from May 29 to June 30, the Vihstadt campaign reported raising $25,405 and spending $5,495. The Howze campaign reported raising $1,925 and spending $1,876.
For the first six months of the year, a period that included the special election, Vihstadt has raised $123,960 while Howze has raised $100,056, including a $13,099 loan from himself to his campaign.