Mike La Rosa pulls in $21K in June for HD 42 race


Bolstered by a big June 24 fundraiser, Republican state Rep. Mike La Rosa recorded a whopping $21,000 take in the latest campaign finance reporting period, giving him a huge financial advantage over the Democrat running against him in House District 42.

La Rosa’s re-election campaign brought in $18,500 on the last day of the June 1-June 24 reporting period. That tally, plus early June donations from Democratic lobbyist Ron Book, leaves him with $91,430 heading toward the November general election.

Democratic nominee Benny Valentin‘s campaign is essentially broke. The candidate lent his campaign $1,000 and raised just $175 in the June period, while spending $2,620. That left him with $164.


Scott Powers

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