The Minnesota State Capitol. Photo: Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society
The Minnesota State Capitol. Photo: Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society

Candidates for the 2022 state senate and house races have submitted their campaign financial reports for 2021 as required by state law, and the main contenders in Senate District 40, Huldah Momanyi Hiltsley and Susan Pha, each raised just over $11,000 in cash from individual donors.

According to campaign finance reports each campaign submitted this week, Hiltsley raised $11,150 in cash from individual donors while Pha raised $11,960 in cash from individuals.

Five single donations of $1,000 were given to the Hiltsley campaign and three to the Pha campaign.

Susan Pha Photo: Courtesy Susan Pha Campaign
Huldah Momanyi Hiltsley. Photo: Richard Ooga/Mshale

The Pha campaign ended the reporting period with more cash on hand, $10,405 than the Hiltsley campaign which closed the reporting period with a cash balance of $8,732.

None of the campaigns received any contributions from PACs (political action committees. That is expected to change as groups and special interests make up their mind on who to support in advance of the DFL Senate district conventions in the Spring. Both Hiltsley and Pha are expected to seek the DFL endorsement.

Both candidates announced their candidacies in the second half of last year so the money raised reflects the early stages of what is expected to be a hotly contested race. The average raised by the outgoing incumbent during an election year in the largely safe Democratic district was around $20,000.

Senate District 40 includes all of Brooklyn Center and the southern half of Brooklyn Park. State Sen. Chris Eaton who has represented the district since 2011, announced in August 2021 that she will not be seeking reelection.

This story has been updated to give clarity on how many $1,000 single donations each candidate received as opposed to how many individuals gave the the maximum allowed $1,000 during the reporting period. Individuals can give multiple times to reach the maximum $1,000. Story clarifies how many gave $1,000 in a single donation.

About Tom Gitaa

Born and raised in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa, Tom is the Founder, President and Publisher of Mshale. As the founder, he did a lot of the reporting during the humble beginnings of the newspaper. While he still does the occasional reporting, he now concentrates on the publishing side of the news operation. Tom was also the original host of Talking Drum, the signature current affairs show on the African Broadcasting Network (ABN-America), which was available nationwide in the United States via the Dishnetwork satellite service. On the show, he interviewed Nobel laureates such as 2004 Nobel Peace prize winner, Professor Wangari Maathai, the first woman from Africa to win the peace prize and heads of states such as the president of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh at State House, Banjul. Tom has served and chaired various boards including Global Minnesota (formerly Minnesota International Center), the sixth largest World Affairs Council in the United States. He has previously served as President of the Board of Directors of Books for Africa, the largest shipper of donated books to Africa. He also serves on the boards of New Vision Foundation and the Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium. Tom also served two terms on the board of the United Nations Association. He retired from running full marathons after turning 50 and now only focuses on half marathons.

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