Sapan Shah of Libertyville, one of three Republicans seeking their party’s nomination to represent the 10th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives, ended 2017 with substantially more cash on hand than his primary opponents.
Shah has nearly twice the war chest as Jeremy Wynes of Highland Park and almost six times as much as Doug Bennett of Deerfield.
Bennett, Wynes and Shah are competing in the March 20 primary for the right to challenge Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) in the November 6 general election.
Shah ended the year with $602,016.95 cash on hand, according to his report filed with the Federal Election Commission. He raised $337,545 for the quarter ending December 31 for a total of $647,234 since he started his campaign.
Wynes ended 2017 with $216,631 in the bank after raising $67,357 in the fourth quarter, according to his FEC report. For the year, he has collected $327,262.
Bennett had $101,632.80 to spend on his campaign as of the end of last year. He took in $20,411 for the fourth quarter and $29,821 for the year. His campaign is primarily self funded so far. He loaned his effort $115,000 and made a donation of $12,000, according to the FEC report.
Shah is an entrepreneur as well as a physician with a law degree. A resident of Libertyville, he founded Flagship Health in 2007 and continues to operate the company today. The company advises doctors about malpractice and other business issues.
Wynes, an attorney who lives in Highland Park, has devoted the last nine years to political work. He held positions of Chicago-area director and Midwest regional director for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee before starting the Chicago office of the Republican Jewish Coalition.
Bennett is a Deerfield resident who works for Havi, a company that deals with the global supply chain for major multi-national companies. A mathematician by education, he does analytics for the business. He is also the vice chairman of the West Deerfield Township Republican Organization.
Schneider, who has no primary opponent, finished the year with $1,787,355.54 in the bank. He raised $562,282 for the fourth quarter and $2,466,325 for the year, according to his FEC report.
The 10th District includes much of Lake County as well as parts of Cook County in the north and northwest suburbs. It takes in all of Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Highland Park, Highwood, Glencoe and Deerfield as well as parts of Northbrook and Glenview.