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Andover's Koh Leads Fundraising Race Among MA-3 Congressional Candidates

Feb 08, 2018 01:02PM ● By Bill Gilman

Dan Koh, of Andover, is running for Congress.

It's far to early to venture a guess as to which of the more than a dozen declared candidates will succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas in the MA-3 district. But several months before the first ballot is cast, one conclusion is easily drawn -- this is going to be a very expensive race.

According to figures made public by the state, the candidates have combined to raise more than $4 million this far. And eight different candidates, including seven in the crowded Democratic field, have raised at least $100,000 to this point.

In a way, the latest batch of quarterly fundraising reports in the 3rd Congressional District echo the same major theme as the first look we got last year: when it comes to bringing in money, nobody will be able to catch Dan Koh.

But in another way, the newest reports show that Koh's fundraising juggernaut is not necessarily a lock on the race. Koh, a former chief of staff to Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, has raised more than the next three candidates combined, but eight different people each have $100,000 or more. Experts say that amount is more than enough to keep a campaign running.

Leading the way, by far, is Dan Koh of Andover. The former chief of staff to Boston Mayor Mayor Marty Walsh has raised a whopping $1,616,474 as of Dec. 31. A distant second is Lori Trahan of Westford, who has raked in $551,622. Trahan once served as Chief of Staff to former Congressman Marty Meehan.

Rufus Gifford is third at $501,000. However, Gifford, who was a fundraising all-star in President Barak Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, is likely just getting warmed up.

Rick Green, the lone declared Republican in the field, has reported raising $459,000. According to an article appearing in the Lowell Sun, $120,000 of that total came from his own pockets. However, it should be noted that if Green is not forced to wage a primary battle, he will be able to save most of his funds to spend on the general election in the fall. That's a huge advantage.

Democrat Beej Das, president of Troca Hotels, has reported $430,000 in contributions. However, this includes $279,000 came from his own pockets.

State Sen. Barbara L'Italien, D-Andover, has raised $319,753, as of Dec. 31. putting her in solid position moving toward the September primary. L'Italien's State Senate District includes both Tewksbury and Dracut.

The Democratic field also includes Juana Matias, Stephen Kerrigan, Patrick Littlefield, Alexandra Chandler, Terrance Ryan, Bopha Malone and Keith St. John. 

St. John just joined the race in December, while Nadeem Mazen dropped out.

On the Republican side, Green now has a clear path to the November election, at least for now. His two challengers, Louis Marino and Scott Gunderson, both dropped out.

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