Democratic Candidates Lead in Fundraising for Special Elections

Three weeks out from the Nov. 2 Special Elections and Democrats have a distinct fundraising advantage as the campaigns are gearing up their troops to get out the vote.

With three races being run, both the Democratic Party and Republican Party of Kentucky will be splitting their funds and time between their candidates.

Here’s how the candidates are doing in fundraising in their individual capacities:

22nd District Senate: The fundraising lead sits with Democratic candidate Helen Bukulmez, an immigration and injury attorney, who has raised $21,085 for the central Kentucky Senate seat. Republican nominee for the seat Dr. Donald Douglas, of Nicholasville, Kentucky, has raised $7,835, according to his report with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance (KREF).

The district includes part of Fayette, all of Garrard, Jessamine, Mercer, Washington Counties.

51st District House: Another Democrat, Edwin “Eddie” Rogers, the former Taylor County Judge-Executive, has outraised the field with $9,950 raised for the special election, according to his KREF report. Republican nominee Michael “Sarge” Pollock, an insurance risk advisor from Campbellsville, has raised $2,100 for the race. Former Republican turned Independent Timothy Shafer, a retired Navy Veteran, did not file a report for money raised with the registry of election finance. The district includes all of Adair and Taylor Counties.

89th District House: Democratic candidate Mae Suramek, a small business owner from Berea, has raised $36,411 for the special election, according to her report filed with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance (KREF). Republican nominee Timmy Truett has raised $10,735, according to his report. The district includes Jackson, part of Laurel, and part of Madison County.

Special Elections are all about turnout. Republicans have an advantage in voting patterns, as all three districts were formerly held by the GOP.