Wylie has slight fundraising edge over Riley in 49th

They are running to fill legislative seat through next year

By Kathie Durbin, Columbian staff writer


photoSharon Wylie
photoCraig Riley

Democratic state Rep. Sharon Wylie holds a slight fundraising lead over Republican challenger Craig Riley in the race to fill a 49th Legislative District seat through the end of 2012.

Wylie, a former lobbyist for Clark County and a former Oregon legislator, was appointed in April to fill the seat of former Rep. Jim Jacks through the end of 2011. She had raised $32,915 in cash and in-kind contributions by the latest reporting deadline, according to filings with the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.

Riley, a Vancouver financial planner who ran unsuccessfully last year to unseat Democratic Rep. Jim Moeller in his 49th District reelection race, had raised $29, 864, all in cash contributions.

Wylie had spent $18,596 to Riley’s $21,658. Riley also reported a $700 loan.

Both candidates have raked in contributions from their respective parties in the only legislative race taking place this year in Clark County.

Riley reported a total of $10,000 in contributions from the House Republican Organizational Committee; $1,000 from the Reagan Fund, the committee’s political action committee; and $415 from the Clark County Republican Party. He also reported contributions of $800 each from Dan Barnes, Nancy Barnes and the Washington Affordable Housing Council.

Wiley received $3,500 from the House Democratic Caucus Campaign Committee. She reported contributions of $800 each from the Washington Indian Gaming Association, the Harry Truman Fund, the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 452 in Vancouver, the Maryland-based International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, Naral Pro Choice Washington PAC, National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington, Smith-Root’s Vancouver branch office, and a total of $1,600 from the Southwest Washington Electricians PAC Local 48. House Speaker Frank Chopp gave Wylie $500.

The two won’t face a primary contest but will face off in the Nov. 8 general election. The winner will fill the final year of Jacks’ two-year term.

Kathie Durbin: 360-260-4533 or kathie.durbin@columbian.com.