State Sen. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Washington County) made it official today that she’s in the running for the congressional seat vacated by David Wu. And she says she's entering the campaign with a big financial edge— $240,000 she’s raised in cash and pledges in just five days.
Her campaign won’t release the actual campaign reports (they aren’t due yet), but Bonamici says the donations all come from individuals and a handful of her fellow state legislators who donated from their campaign committees. Her campaign says about $100,000 is cash and hand and the rest are promises of financial support.
Bonamici says her ability get a big jump on fund-raising comes from voters’ weariness of what’s been happening in Washington recently.
“We have watched some of that recently,” she says. “People are tired of that. They want leaders who can get things done without being offensive.”
Other Democrats who are running include Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian and state Rep. Brad Witt (D-Clatskanie). Republican Rob Cornilles, a Tualatin businessman who lost in the 2010 general election to Wu, says he’s running as well.