Richmond Times-Dispatch: Derrick Anderson gets endorsement from rival in 7th District bid, says he’s raised $290,000 for campaign

By Michael Martz, January 27th, 2022, Richmond Times- Dispatch

The former Green Beret reported his first campaign fundraising totals – $290,000 from 5,000 donors – since he jumped into the race in mid-October, just after the last quarterly deadline for disclosing campaign contributions.

Anderson, 37, a Spotsylvania County native and resident, received the endorsement of John Castorani, a U.S. Army Special Forces veteran who dropped out of the race for the GOP nomination this month, and his wife, Krissy, a veteran of U.S. Air Force Special Operations and the Joint Special Operations Command.

Anderson, who called himself “a true political outsider,” called his first campaign fundraising report evidence of broad support in the new district.

The quarterly filing deadline for campaign fundraising is Monday, which could better determine the strength of candidates seeking the Republican nomination in the 7th District.

The GOP field also includes state Sen. Bryce Reeves, R-Spotsylvania, a former U.S. Army infantry captain with Ranger and Airborne qualifications; Prince William Supervisor Yesli Vega, a former police officer and sheriff’s deputy; Gina Ciarcia, a Prince William educator; Gary Adkins, an Air Force veteran in Stafford County; and potentially Del. John McGuire, R-Goochland.

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