Republican San Ramon Mayor Abram Wilson, in his second try for the state Assembly District 15 seat, has outpaced Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, in the first major campaign finance report.
Wilson had raised $148,314 as of Dec. 31, according to the latest campaign finance report. He also loaned his campaign an additional $14,000.
Buchanan reported $86,136 in contributions but has made no personal loans to her campaign.
It’s far too early to read much into these numbers.
Buchanan was busy last year running for the 10th Congressional District. She lost badly after investing $1.1 of her own money into the Sept. 1 special primary congressional election, finishing with just 12 percent of the vote. (Democrat John Garamendi eventually won the seat.)
Critics say she is vulnerable and will have trouble raising money after such a high-profile loss and a demonstrated willingness to write big personal checks.
But Buchanan, an incumbent with plenty of name identification, is still the Democrats’ best hope to keep a seat they wrestled from Republicans two years ago. It seems unlikely that Dems will abandon her. And unless a viable Democrat emerges to run against her in the primary — and no one has surfaced yet — she has plenty of time to put together a war-chest before the general election in November.