Sharen Neuhardt Outraises Mike "Who? Turner in First Quarter
Back in February, before she won her primary, I wrote about Democratic congressional candidate in the new 10th district, Sharen Neuhardt:
Sharen ran against Steve Austria in 2008 in his heavily Republican district and lost. But with the former 3rd district in the Dayton area, now the 10th, reconfigured, she feels she's got a shot against former Dayton mayor, Mike "Who?" Turner. The district reunites Montgomery County (Dayton), currently split between Turner and John Boehner, and includes Greene County (where Neuhardt lives), and northern Fayette County. Montgomery County comprises 75 % of the district's voters. And the district has shed is chunk of blood-red Warren County, which changes its complexion.
She told me in February,
The new Ohio 10 puts Montgomery County with Greene County and northern Fayette. I was born and raised and come into Montgomery County every day, which was the strongest fundraising area for me last time. My husband & I have owned a farm in Greene County for last 17 years. So this is the perfect district for me.
A few weeks ago, she shared some happy news with supporters:
In the first head-to-head test of the 2012 election cycle, Miami Valley attorney and 10th District Congressional Candidate Sharen Neuhardt outraised incumbent member of Congress Mike Turner by over $100,000. Neuhardt raised $224,903 while Turner brought in $111,583 during the quarter which ended March 31, 2012. ... Over 90% of the amount Neuhardt raised came from individuals. In contrast, only 44% of Turner’s contributions came from individuals, while 56% came from PACs.
She'll need every penny (and special interests and SuperPACs will undoubtedly jump in to make up the difference for Turner). Here's how close the new district is divided: in 2008, 50.0% of its voters voted for Barack Obama.
Turner has been inexplicably popular in the district, always winning in a cakewalk. Yet, despite being in office for nearly 18 years, most of the time when you mention his name to an Ohioan, they look blank and go "who?" (Hence the nickname). It's difficult to think of too many things he has done for the district, the people of Ohio, or the people of this country. It's really past time to replace this nonentity.