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Sheyman Raises $180,000 to Challenge Dold

Lake County teachers, Libertyville Democrats endorse Sheyman.

Waukegan community organizer campaign for the Democratic nomination to earn the right to challenge got a boost today with its best fundraising quarter since the race began and a pair of endorsements.

Sheyman is one of five contenders for the Democratic nod in the March 20 primary. The other Democratic contenders are Deerfield management consultant , Long Grove business owner , Mundelein attorney  and Hainesville mathematician .

Sheyman collected $180,000 for the quarter ending Dec. 31 and now has more than $200,000 in the bank. He has raised more than $430,000 from more than 11,000 individual donors since he began his campaign.

“These fundraising numbers show that we are entering the final stretch of this race in an excellent position to win the primary decisively and to go on to beat Republican Robert Dold in November,” Sheyman Campaign Manager Annie Weinberg said.

Sheyman also received the endorsement of the Lake County Federation of Teachers and the Libertyville Township Democratic Organization Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Tree announced he raised $101,000 for his campaign for the quarter and has approximately $80,000 on hand.

Neither Dold, Schneider, Bavda nor Rutagwbira have disclosed the results of their fundraising efforts. Reports are due to the Federal Election Commission on Jan. 31. Schneider said he would reveal his numbers then.

As of the end of the third quarter on Sept. 30, Dold had $994,632.94 cash on hand, Schneider had $417,016.43 in the bank, Sheyman had $141,513.65 remaining and Bavda had $28,619.85 left to spend. Rutagwbira joined the race later and did not file a report in September.

Tree also announced the endorsement of former Democratic National Committee Chairman David Wilhelm, Wheeling Township Democratic Chair Kathleen Sances and Palatine Township Democratic Chair Sue Walton Tuesday.

Schneider has the backing of Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), the Democratic Congressional whip; former Rep. Melissa Bean (D-Barrington); ; and state Sen. Jeff Schoenberg (D-Evanston).

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