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BROWNLEY BUILDS ACCOUNT — Campaign fundraising reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission today show that Rep. Julia Brownley raised $421,373 during the third quarter, building the balance in her re-election campaign account to more than $1 million — $1.23 million, to be more precise.
Brownley, a two-term Democrat from Westlake Village, is off to a significant head start over Republican challenger Rafael Dagnesses, who announced his campaign after the quarter ended on Sept. 30, and has not yet reported any contributions.
So far, the two are the only declared candidates in the 26th Congressional District, which includes all of Ventura County except for most of the city of Simi Valley and a coastal strip that runs from the Santa Barbara County line to midtown Ventura.
In the 25th District, which includes most of Simi Valley, freshman Republican Steve Knight of Palmdale reported spending more than he took in, thanks largely to a $35,000 contribution he made to the Republican National Congressional Committee.
Knight raised $77,179, paid out $102,356 and ended the quarter with an account balance of $359,808 — or about $25,000 less than he had when it began on July 1.
The two announced Democrats in the race, Lou Vince of Agua Dulce and Evan “Ivan” Thomas of Palmdale, also spent slightly more than they took in. Vince ended the quarter with $8,716 in the bank, and Thomas with an account balance of $6,578.
In the wide open 24th District, where the race is on to succeed retiring Democratic Rep. Lois Capps, Santa Barbara County Supervisor Salud Carbajal widened his financial advantage, taking in $404,397 and reporting a balance of $803,198.
Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider, the other major Democratic candidate, raised $144,317 and now has $231,741 cash on hand.
Santa Barbara businessman Justin Fareed fared the better of the two Republicans in the race, bringing in $210,157 and ending with an account balance of $231,741.
Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian of San Luis Obispo reported $133,093 in contributions and ended the quarter with $208,106 in the bank.