9th district primary opponents Dan Canon and Liz Watson raised lots of money in the 3rd quarter. We know Canon, so let’s have a look at Watson.


According to Ballotpedia, five Democrats have declared for the primary in May, 2018. The winner will contest incumbent Trey Hollingsworth’s 9th district congressional seat.

Note that Ballotpedia lists Chatlos twice, as a Democrat and as an Independent.

Yesterday Dan Canon’s team took to social media to reveal his 3rd quarter fundraising proceeds.

Congressional Candidate Dan Canon has record-setting quarter

New Albany, Indiana— Dan Canon, Congressional candidate in Indiana’s 9th district, today reported raising over $208k, the most ever by a Democratic Challenger in the 9th District in the 3rd quarter of a non-election year.

Canon’s fundraising came overwhelmingly from small-dollar donors, with over 1600 individual donations including donations from all thirteen counties in the district. These amounted to a median donation of $27. 86% of donations were $100 or less. In addition, the campaign is building an unprecedented field operation to engage constituents across the district.

So did Watson, who barely trailed Canon on the tote board.

Liz Watson, Candidate in IN-09, Raises More Than $200,000 in Third Quarter

Watson out-raised Republican incumbent Trey Hollingsworth

Liz Watson, candidate for Congress in IN-09, raised more than $200,000 by the September 30th fundraising deadline. In doing so, Watson has out-raised Republican incumbent Trey Hollingsworth and nearly every candidate running for Congress in Indiana.

USA Today had a look at these early fundraising returns.

The most noteworthy numbers for third quarter fundraising were put up in southcentral Indiana where both New Albany attorney Dan Canon and Bloomington attorney Liz Watson each raised more than $200,000. That’s not only more than the $127,400 raised in the past three months by freshman Rep. Trey Hollingsworth, R-New Albany. But it’s also more than the recent amounts raised by any other House candidate in the state except Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Jimtown.

It occurs to me that while Canon is well known in New Albany and metro Louisville, readers might not be familiar with Watson, who rode the Democratic Party’s Harvest Homecoming parade float with Canon.

I’m not sure if any of the other candidates did, although it’s possible. Later Watson posted this at Fb:

I posted a comment asking the candidate about Tenille’s housing status and costs, given the state of affordable housing in New Albany amid Jeff Gahan’s putsch and subsequent hostile takeover of public housing. She replied via Messenger that she’d like to learn more about these topics.

Accordingly, I was happy to provide the candidate with a list of NA Confidential links on the putsch, and I hope to speak with her about it very soon.

In the meantime, via Watson’s web site, here’s her pitch.

Meet Liz Watson

Liz Watson is running for Congress because she wants to bring good jobs, affordable health care, and high-quality public education to Indiana’s working families. Liz has fought for Hoosiers in the nation’s capitol, and she has seen the dysfunction in Washington up close. Liz believes it’s unacceptable that working people are being left behind by politicians who would rather stand up for special interests than for Hoosiers.

Liz has led and won important fights throughout her legal career to help hardworking people get high-quality, good-paying jobs. As a working mom, Liz understands that today’s families need affordable health care, high-quality child care, predictable schedules, paid sick days and family leave, and fair pay. She has written policies to raise the minimum wage, protect working people from being cheated out of their pay, and to create pathways to the middle class.

Liz learned the values of hard work and fair play the old-fashioned way. She worked the cash register at Fazoli’s, waitressed at Steak ‘n’ Shake, and sold clothing at L.S. Ayres. Through these experiences, she learned the value of a dollar while saving for college.

Liz’s roots in Indiana date back to the Civil War, when her great-great grandfather fought for the Union from Huntington, Indiana. She comes from generations of hardworking Hoosiers: a postal inspector, carpenter, refrigerator and electrical repairman, teachers, and the owner of the Feed and Grain Store in Shoals.

It’s wrong that today Indiana families who work hard and play by the rules struggle to keep their heads above water. Liz believes we should invest in workforce training and in the future of our young people, especially in proven models like apprenticeship, make community college and universities more affordable, and support our small business job-creators.

Liz gets results. When she learned that pregnant women working in retail jobs were being told they couldn’t make simple changes at work like carrying a water bottle or being able to sit down during a long shift, despite doctors’ orders, she filed a complaint and got the policy changed. Fighting for working people and the right to organize has been the hallmark of Liz’s career and continues to motivate her to serve her community.

For too long, Congress has done everything to help special interest billionaires and little to help Main Street. Liz will work to get hardworking Hoosiers a long overdue raise, fight against trade deals that threaten Hoosier manufacturing, support small businesses, help people juggle work and family life, and protect public education and affordable health insurance–including for those fighting the grips of opioid addiction.

Liz and her husband Craig are both teaching at Indiana University. Their two young children are attending the same elementary school that Liz attended as a child, and they love spending time with Liz’s parents who live a few miles away.

Liz brings the experience and drive that we need to win for Hoosiers in Congress, and she will never stop fighting for Indiana’s families.