UPDATED: What are Ybarra and Dillon saying about fundraising?

(UPDATED, 8:38 a.m., Feb. 5, with statement from Dillon.)

On Wednesday, I reported on the fundraising — or lack of same — in the Republican race for state superintendent.

Here’s the quick recap. Wilder school Superintendent Jeff Dillon raised $5,200 in the second half of 2017, and incumbent Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra raised $3,400.

So what do the candidates have to say?

I sought comment from both campaigns. I wanted to know if their fundraising is on pace — despite the lackluster numbers. And I wanted to know if the campaigns are facing increased competition for dollars, given the other contested races on this year’s ballot.

Here, in full, is what I received Wednesday evening via email from CheRee Eveland, who is working on Ybarra’s re-election campaign.

“I spoke with Superintendent Ybarra. Her main goal is to focus on the job at hand, being the superintendent.”

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“Also, she stated that there are many ways her supporters show their support besides donating monetarily — such as displaying a bumper sticker, putting up a yard sign, or hosting a meet and greet, etc.”

The Dillon campaign had no comment Wednesday, but life intervened. Dillon was in the hospital awaiting the birth of a granddaughter.

Dillon’s campaign released a statement Friday afternoon.

“Fundraising has been slower than expected, but the past few weeks have been fruitful and encouraging. I will continue to share my message to meet the hopes of Idahoans of better educational possibilities for our children. We are gaining steam and support each place we go.”

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