The 18th district- located in mostly farmland about an hour outside of Washington D.C. is the scene of the youngest fight for the House of Delegates this year. Michael Webert- the second or third youngest member of the General Assembly is facing off with Colin Harris - a 22 year old recent college graduate on the November ballot. While this race is unlikely to be competitive in November because of the district slant it is amazing to look at for other reasons.
Harris has actually outraised a number of the "viable" Democratic challengers so far this year and has outraised the incumbent Republican in both the 1st and 2nd quarters. His cash on hand- over $62,000 is also impressive for a guy who has virtually no chance at victory.
Get this- Harris, the 22 year old guy who just finished college in the spring has more cash on hand than four Democratic challengers (Futrell, McPike, Qarni, and Cabellos) in Obama won district in Prince William County do combined! COMBINED.
There's no question Harris is getting most of his money through friends of his parents- and some of his biggest donation zip codes are in Georgetown and Montgomery County, Maryland. But this is what campaigns are supposed to do- you tap all your networks and plead for cash. While he had no path to victory I hope there are at least some other Democratic challengers who are watching Harris and learning how this is supposed to be done.
In terms of incumbent Michael Webert- he's totally underwhelming but is sitting on a district that he can't lose without making a big error. Right now that issue just doesn't exist but the demographics are slowly moving towards Democrats in this area- so if Webert doesn't become useful in Richmond he could face a competitive challenge by the end of the decade. It might even be Harris coming back for a 2nd or 3rd try given that he has shown an ability to put together the resources for a viable campaign.