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Phelps confident in 118th Representative race

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WSIL – State Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg, is confident in his campaign for re-election next year, stating he will not be outworked and he is already very familiar with his opponent, who has donated to Phelps’ campaign before.

“I mean this with all sincerity, no one will out work me. I’ve done campaigns for a long time for other people, for myself, and I know I have what it takes, and hard work, and I’m willing to do it because I believe I am a hard worker,” Phelps said.

The State Board of Elections shows Phelps’ campaign fund had an available balance of more than $193,000 at the end of last quarter.

“I just checked … I have $310,000 as of today,” Phelps said.

A report is not yet available for Republican Jason Kasiar of Eldorado’s campaign funds. Kasiar is Phelps’ only opponent for the 118th Representative seat.

Phelps laughed when he was asked about whether or not he had met Kasiar before.

“Actually, he donated to me before…he’s from the same hometown as me, he’s three or four years younger than me. We went to school together,” Phelps said. “So I mean, I’ve known him, well, all his life.  And for him…I mean, it kind of shocked me a little bit that he wanted to run …”

Kasiar is a registered pharmacist and owner of Beck’s Drugs in Eldorado, a business that donated to Phelps’ campaign once before.

The State Board of Elections site shows Beck’s Drugs donated $250 to the campaign fund called Brandon Phelps for State Representative. The transaction was filed on July 8, 2011.

Kasiar could not be reached for comment.

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