COLUMBIA – Former State Representative Judy Baker of Columbia did something this quarter that few Democratic challengers do: she raised seven times more money than Republican incumbent Caleb Rowden.
According to the official reports filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission yesterday, Baker for Missouri brought in $48,568 from 255 donors. Rowden raised $6900 from six donors, four of them PACs.
Baker, who is a healthcare professional and former state representative finds herself in the lead for the quarter, even as her attention in recent months had been focused on serving her community as the people of Boone and Cooper counties face the COVID-19 pandemic: “The fact that we are supported so heavily by real people with their hard-earned dollars means so much to me!”
Baker’s communications director, Sarah Catlin, said, “The number of people who support Judy is not surprising. She has a long and successful history when it comes to supporting the people she represents, and they don’t forget that.”
The campaign will continue to ramp up over the summer, taking into consideration the new environment caused by COVID-19. With Boone and Cooper counties under stay-at-home orders, Baker’s campaign will be pivoting to online events and outreach. “We are going to make every effort to be creative in communicating with voters and people interested in helping win the seat.”
Baker’s Healthcare expertise will be an asset in the Senate. She continues to make health care access, economic fairness, and support of our first responders and teachers high priorities.