Marshall’s 1st-quarter donations in Congress run reach $246,000 |

Marshall’s 1st-quarter donations in Congress run reach $246,000

Treasurer Kate Marshall issued a report Friday saying she has raised nearly a quarter-million dollars for her congressional race in the first three months of the campaign.

Marshall, a Democrat, is running for the District 2 seat vacated when Dean Heller was appointed to the U.S. Senate.

Campaign officials say she raised $246,000 for the election and spent more than $40,000, leaving her with a cash balance of $206,203.

Marshall credited the support to her pledge to protect Medicare and Social Security benefits for Nevadans.

“This election is about Nevadans, and with 12.5 percent unemployment and Medicare and Social Security on the chopping block, Nevadans want someone who will fight for their families,” she said.

Marshall said she will bring her record of “even-handed financial management” to Washington if elected.

Her Republican opponent, Mark Amodei, meanwhile, released a TV ad in Northern Nevada saying he is the only candidate who opposes raising the federal debt limit and the only one who supports cutting taxes to strengthen Nevada’s economy and create jobs.

Amodei, of Carson City, was endorsed by Navy Cmdr. Kirk Lippold – also a Carson native – who was his main opponent in seeking the party nomination for the post. Lippold was initially urged by some supporters to file for the office as an independent.

Political observers say Marshall has an uphill battle ahead of her since Republicans have some 30,000 more registered voters in the 2nd Congressional District than Democrats. Marshall has pointed out that she carried Washoe County in both of her elections for treasurer.