Patrick Mara, the lone Republican on the special election ballot, leads in fundraising.
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With a week to go before a special election for an open D.C. Council seat, Republican Patrick Mara appears to have the most money to spend.
Mara is one of six candidates for the seat that opened up when Democrat Phil Mendelson was elected council chairman. Democrats outnumber Republicans 11-to-1 in the District of Columbia, and there has not been a Republican on the council since 2008.
His most recent campaign finance report shows that Mara has raised $139,000 for the election and has $82,000 on hand. Democrat Matthew Frumin has raised $156,000 but has just $37,000 left. Democrat Elissa Silverman has raised $89,000 and has $42,000 on hand.
The seat is currently held by interim Councilmember Anita Bonds, a Democrat. Her finance report has yet to be posted online.
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