Most expensive legislative races in LD28, LD18

By: - October 17, 2018 9:03 am

Sen. Kate Brophy McGee’s reelection bid is on pace to be one of the most expensive legislative campaigns in Arizona history. As of Sept. 30, the Phoenix Republican had raised nearly $370,000 and spent more than $245,000 to retain her seat in the state Senate.

Both figures are far and away the largest among legislative hopefuls in 2018, according to campaign finance reports filed yesterday that detail campaign activity from Aug. 12 through Sept. 30.

Brophy McGee’s campaign haul includes about $65,000 she loaned herself. She also has another $50,000 left over from her previous campaign.

Her opponent to represent Legislative District 28, which runs from Sunnyslope to Arcadia, is Democrat Christine Porter Marsh, who has raised nearly $187,000 and spent almost $108,000.

In all, 29 legislative candidates have reported more than $100,000 of income for the election.

Another expensive Senate race is in Legislative District 18, where incumbent Democrat Sean Bowie is hoping to defeat Republican Frank Schmuck, as he did in 2016. Bowie has raised nearly $230,000, but has been outpaced by Schmuck, who has reported $261,000 in income. Of that, more than $170,000 has come from Schmuck’s own pocket, and another $25,000 was left over from his 2016 campaign.

Legislative District 28 is also the home of the most expensive race for the House of Representatives. Democratic candidates Kelli Butler and Aaron Lieberman have raised $156,000 and $200,000, respectively. Their Republican opponents, incumbent Maria Syms and Kathy Pappas Petsas, have raised $146,000 and $114,000.

Explore the 100 legislative candidates who raised the most money for 2018 in the table below.

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Jim Small
Jim Small

Jim Small is a native Arizonan and has covered state government, policy and politics since 2004, with a focus on investigative and in-depth policy reporting, first as a reporter for the Arizona Capitol Times, then as editor of the paper and its prestigious sister publications. He has also served as the editor and executive director of the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting.