Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon announced today that he raised $121,075 in the two months since he declared his candidacy for State Senate in New Jersey’s 13th Legislative District. O’Scanlon is seeking to replace Senator Joe Kyrillos in the Senate. Kyrillos announced in late October that he would not seek another term.
“The job of a State Senator is so much more than going to Trenton and voting on bills,” O’Scanlon said. “The job includes being a leader in the community and the Party. That means having the resources to support your own campaign, the campaigns of other great candidates and most importantly, civic and charitable organizations in the district. I am deeply grateful to my friends and supporters who have enabled me to support great candidates and organizations during my eight year career in the Assembly. I am humbled that they have stepped up so strongly to support my candidacy for Senate.”
O’Scanlon said he “shattered his goal” of raising $100K by the end of 2016. He has raised a total of $166K in the current election cycle, including $21K transferred from his 2015 campaign. He has donated $14K to other candidates and campaign committees since the 2015 election. He has $114,590.14 cash on hand on December 31, 2016, according to the the quarterly report filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (NJ ELEC) that was included in his press release.
The Assemblyman, who serves as the Republican Budget Officer in the lower house, said he is on track to raise over $1,000,000 for the general election in November. “We live in unpredictable political times,” O’Scanlon continued. “There won’t be a legislator more prepared than me for the upcoming elections. Raising money shows that my support runs deep throughout this district and I look forward to the upcoming campaign”
Challenging O’Scanlon for the GOP nomination to replace Kyrillos is his district mate, Assemblywoman Amy Handlin.
Handlin has not released her year end quarterly report, which is expected to be available of the NJ ELEC website later this week. In her last quarterly report, filed in October of 2016, Handlin reported raising $4,100 since the 2015 election. She had $66,659.34 cash on hand. $67,454.34 was transferred from previous campaigns. Handlin donated $4,125 to other candidates and committees from the 2015 election through the end of September, 2016, according to her latest quarterly report.
Disclosure: Art Gallagher, publisher of MoreMonmouthMusings, is an adviser to Declan O’Scanlon