Who Is Winning the CD1 Campaign Money Chase?

Chad Blair/Civil Beat

UPDATED Thursday 10/17/2013 at 7:30 a.m.

Honolulu City Councilman Stanley Chang has raised nearly twice as much as his nearest competitor in the race for Hawaii's 1st Congressional District.

But another councilman, Ikaika Anderson, may have the bragging rights coming out of the latest fundraising cycle.

Chang raised $309,000 in campaign donations, including $125,000 during the quarter that ended Sept. 30. He began his campaign in late April to replace Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, who is challenging Sen. Brian Schatz in the 2014 Democratic primary.

While Anderson only entered the race Aug. 8, he pulled in an impressive $163,000 in the third quarter, a lot of it from big name developers, engineers, real estate interests and contractors who may wish to curry favor with the man who chairs the city's Zoning and Planning Committee. While many of those same folks previously contributed to Chang's campaigns, he arguably doesn't have the same clout as Anderson, who has more extensive government experience.

Another Democrat in the race, state House Rep. Mark Takai, also did well, raising $120,000, although he's only been running since Aug. 7.

The big loser so far in the CD1 money race is state Sen. Will Espero, who entered the race in late July but has pulled in a mere $36,000.

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