Self-financed or small donors? June 20, 2018

Brown, a health care advocate, has raised $5,074 and spent $2,666, leaving $2,408 in the bank. She has contributed $280 in her own money, but the majority of her funding has come from small donations from individuals. More than 45 individuals, mostly with Utah addresses, have chipped in donations averaging less than $100.

“I’m proud of my donors — that they’re local and they support me,” Brown said.

Brown said she recently created a campaign field plan to get out and knock on doors, and she intends to ramp up her fundraising efforts in the coming months to prepare for November.

“The personal connection with the voters is what is most important to me,” Brown said. “You can’t buy that.”