With less than two weeks until the election, Del. Mike Watson (R) continues to lead his challenger Monty Mason (D) in the fundraising race by more than $200,000 for the District 93 House of Delegates seat.
The Virginia Public Access Project is a nonprofit that tracks money in Virginia elections. The election takes place Nov. 5. The month of September has seen big gains in fundraising for both District 93 candidates, which represents part of Newport News and James City and York counties as well as the City of Williamsburg.
Mason has raised less money than Watson, though he did have a successful September, raising $176,000 during that time. Mason has picked up more money in September than he did from Jan. 1, 2012 through Aug. 31. Much of that figure is an $86,000 cash infusion from the Democratic Party of Virginia. The International Association of Firefighters remains Mason’s second-highest contributor at $10,000.
Dominion Leadership Trust, a committee that raises money for Republican candidates, has given $131,800 to Watson in the month of September. The Republican Party of Virginia has given Watson more than $21,000 during the month.
Heading into October, Mason had about $67,672 on hand, while Watson had $104,083. The candidates have flooded the airwaves with television ads and stuffed mailboxes with printed materials — Watson has spent $189,920 on media while Mason has spent $122,102. Those figures will rise in October as the candidates continue to use the airwaves to reach out to voters.
Watson was elected to the House of Delegates in November 2011. The 52-year-old is a member of the General Laws and Science and Technology committees in the House of Delegates. His private sector experience includes work in process controls and precision test-equipment calibration. Mason is the senior director at Visa, Inc., where he works on fraud prevention and risk reduction, and serves as the chairman of the City of Williamsburg’s Economic Development Authority.
WYDaily has covered a pair of debates between the two candidates. Coverage of the first debate, where the candidates faced off at the College of William and Mary, is available here. Coverage of the second debate, which took place before the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance, is available here. WYDaily also submitted identical questionnaires asking both candidates about their vision for the Historic Triangle. Check out Watson’s answers here and find Mason’s answers here.