Democrats looking to fill the shoes of Congressman John Delaney reported their first fundraising totals in the 2018 campaign.
Delegate Aruna Miller from Darnestown reported the most contributions early in the election season, followed by Delegate Bill Frick, from Bethesda.
Miller reported $355,581.50 in contributions in an early push for the 2018 election, predicated upon the belief that Delaney will seek another office.
The three-term congressman from Potomac has said he will make a public announcement about his future political ambitions this month.
Frick reported $213,254 in contributions.
Frederick County’s Andrew Duck reported $20,277.10 cash on hand, thanks in part to a $20,000 personal loan and other candidate contributions to his campaign.
The quarterly reports reflect fundraising between April 1 and June 30 and were due Saturday.
“l plan to run an exciting, issue oriented campaign throughout the 6th Congressional District,” Miller said in a news release issued last week. “This campaign is about our shared vision for our country and our community, and our willingness to stand up to protect our progressive values and keep the United States as the inclusive land of opportunity for all.”
Miller, a transportation engineer, currently represents Montgomery County’s District 15 in the House of Delegates. The district includes portions of Potomac, Germantown and Clarksburg.
In a Facebook video message to supporters, Frick said his campaign had met an undisclosed internal fundraising goal.
“I think this puts us in a great position to be the strong Democrat to hold this seat in the event that Congressman Delaney moves on,” he said.
Frick, an attorney, is currently the House of Delegates’ majority leader. He represents District 16, which includes southwestern portions of Montgomery County, including Potomac.
Duck is the only Democratic candidate who has officially filed to be on the 2018 ballot so far. He has been traveling the district for campaign events.
Delaney’s own campaign finance report revealed $127,171 in contributions last quarter.
David Trone, who gave a significant donation for the Frederick County Democratic Central Committee’s annual gala last month, is rumored to have interest in the race, but did not report any recent fundraising.
Amie Hoeber, the Republican who ran against Delaney in 2016, also retains an open campaign finance account. She reported no fundraising during the time period, but told The Baltimore Sun in May that she is also considering another run for the seat.
The 2018 primary election is on June 26, 2018, and the general election is on Nov. 6, 2018.