A look at fundraising in the 18th Legislative District House race

John Ley will begin 2018 at a disadvantage in the race to succeed state Rep. Liz Pike, a Camas Republican who will step down to run for county chair.

According to filings with the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission, the Camas airline pilot has raised no money so far.

Ley’s Republican opponent, Larry Hoff, the retired president and CEO of Fibre Federal Credit Union, has raised $30,803. Filings show that Hoff’s campaign has received large checks from individuals associated with credit unions, such as $1,000 from Steve Stapp, the CEO of Portland-based Unitus Community Credit Union. He also received two $1,000 checks (one for the primary and another for the general election) from the Oregon Credit Union Legislative Action Fund, among others.

He’s also gotten smaller donations from members of the county’s Republican legislative delegation as well as a $1,000 check from Camas investor and mega-donor David Nierenberg.

Democrat Kathy Gillespie, who served previously on the Vancouver Public Schools board of directors, leads in fundraising at $35,970. Unlike Hoff, who has received a total of 100 donations, Gillespie has received 309 donations in smaller amounts. The average donation to Gillespie’s campaign, so far, has amounted to $123.79 The average donation for Hoff amounts to $311.14.

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