Denny Heck, Derek Kilmer raise re-election cash

Staff writerApril 15, 2014 

Two South Sound members of Congress have well-stocked campaign coffers as they gear up for their first re-election bids.

Gig Harbor Rep. Derek Kilmer had $1.21 million on hand at the end of March, his campaign reported Tuesday. He raised more than $280,000 in the first quarter of 2014.

Olympia Rep. Denny Heck reported having more than $820,000 on hand at the same point. He raised more than $250,000 in the first quarter.

Both are freshman Democrats first elected in 2012 and up for re-election this November.

Republican Pierce County Councilwoman Joyce McDonald announced in March she would challenge Heck and had less than $1,000 on hand at the end of March. The district includes Thurston County and Shelton as well as Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Lakewood, Puyallup and other Pierce County communities.

Heck's larger contributors so far include the political committees of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace workers, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and Russell Investment Group.

No one has announced plans to challenge Kilmer, whose district includes Tacoma and the Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas.

Large donors to Kilmer include the committees of the AFSCME, Boeing, Weyerhaeuser and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

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