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Superintendent’s race: Jones enjoys considerable fundraising edge

Unopposed in the Democratic primary, state superintendent’s candidate Jana Jones enters the general election with more than a 70-to-1 advantage in cash on hand.

The fundraising in the superintendent’s race has been relatively modest — on both sides. But Jones has more than $20,000 in her campaign account, according to campaign finance reports filed this week.

Ybarra, the Republicans’ surprise nominee for state superintendent, goes into the general election with less than $300 on hand.

This week was the deadline for all statewide candidates to file post-primary finance reports. These reports outline fundraising activity during the runup to the May 20 primaries — and in the aftermath of the elections. The reports offer a window into winning and unsuccessful campaigns, in the waning days of the election.

Jones raised more than $7,800 in the filing period. Ybarra raised only $300 — and $250 came from a single donation, from Idaho Falls Republican Rep. Wendy Horman, a House Education Committee member.

For more details on the sunshine reports, here’s a link to my full story at Idaho Education News.

Kevin Richert is a reporter and blogger at Idaho Education News (idahoednews.org). Kevin is a former Statesman editorial page editor, with 27 year's experience in Idaho journalism.

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