Top Virginia senator announces $275K haul in first week as gubernatorial candidate

Virginia state Sen. Jennifer McClellan’s gubernatorial campaign announced Friday it has raised $275,000 in her first week as a candidate for next year’s Democratic primary.

The haul puts McClellan in a strong position for what’s likely to be a crowded Democratic field with potential candidates like former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, state Attorney General Mark Herring and Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney.

Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy (D), the only other Democrat to announce her candidacy thus far, has not disclosed initial fundraising totals. Foy’s political action committee, the Virginia for Everyone PAC, had $36,395 cash on hand as of March 31, according to the Virginia Public Access Project.