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.”

“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.”

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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