Critchfield touts apparent fundraising edge

Debbie Critchfield self-reported a campaign milestone Thursday, saying she has raised $150,000 for her Republican campaign for state schools superintendent.

Debbie Critchfield

“Everywhere I travel, I hear the same message: people are ready for change, and they are ready for a new educational leader,” the former State Board of Education president said in a news release.

Candidates don’t have to report all of their contributions to the state until the end of the year. But they do have to report contributions of at least $1,000 within 48 hours.

Those “48-hour” reports indicate Critchfield has maintained a big lead in fundraising.

Critchfield has reported $125,500 in large contributions this year. Recent donors include Ahlquist Development LLC, the business arm of former gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist; former Senate Education Committee chairman John Goedde; and the Idaho Land Fund.

GOP Incumbent Sherri Ybarra, who has not yet announced her 2022 election plans, has reported $11,000 in large contributions. She has received $1,000 from former state Sen. Jeff Siddoway of Terreton.

Branden Durst — a former Democratic legislator now running on the Republican ticket — has reported $7,500 in contributions.

Disclosure: J.B. Scott — the founding chairman of the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation, which funds Idaho Education News — is affiliated with the Idaho Land Fund.

Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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