April 15, 2019
Fairfax, VA – Dan Helmer, an Army veteran and the Democratic nominee for Virginia’s House of Delegates in the 40th District, announced today that he had raised more than $124,000 during the first quarter. That is more than any challenger to a Republican House incumbent in Virginia history. Helmer’s first quarter raise exceeded the largest Q1 fundraising total of Democratic challengers from 2017’s “Blue Wave” election by over 50%. His race against Republican House Caucus Chairman, Tim Hugo, is considered a top tier flip target by state Democrats and is seen as a key to Democrats taking a majority in the General Assembly in this November’s elections.
“I am so thankful to all of our supporters for helping to ensure we have the resources we need to win in November. While my opponent is meeting with the Vice President to plot Trump’s 2020 re-election, we are showing the tremendous enthusiasm for a campaign that seeks to protect and expand access to healthcare, get our families out of traffic, and support an excellent public education for our children,” said Helmer. “We can feel the excitement to flip this seat, and we are going to continue to build energy through November.”
Helmer’s total included more than 500 individual contributions said Campaign Manager, Erik Darcey. “Dan refuses all donations from corporate PACs, the NRA, and Dominion Energy. We accomplished this because there is still an enormous appetite for candidates who speak to everyday issues in Virginia, not politics as usual. Our team worked tirelessly to harness that grassroots energy. Rumors of the Blue Wave’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.”
Vice President Pence recently met with Republican leaders in McLean, Virginia - including Chairman Hugo - to discuss putting Virginia in play for President Trump’s 2020 re-election. Helmer’s record-breaking fundraising suggests not only the support for his candidacy but also that Virginia Democrats will continue to perform well in 2019 and beyond. Helmer, who announced his candidacy in August of 2018, has raised more than $214K total for the race and has over $136k cash-on-hand.
Dan Helmer is a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a businessman, and a Rhodes Scholar. He is the Democratic nominee for the House of Delegates in Virginia’s 40thDistrict. His wife, Karen, is a public school teacher, and their sons, Aaron and Harris, attend Fairfax County Public Schools.