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Republican opponent raises nearly 6x the funds Cline has

Defying calls for her to resign now, Utah state school board member Natalie Cline is instead running for reelection — and her Republican opponent has already raised 11 times more than Cline did during her entire 2020 race.

Cline’s latest contribution report showed that as of Wednesday afternoon, she had raised a little over $4,500 between Feb. 17 and Feb. 20.

Challenger Amanda Bollinger, a longtime administrator in Jordan School District, reported raising over $26,000 between Jan. 7 and Feb. 21, also as of Wednesday afternoon.

The Democratic hopeful for the District 9 seat — which covers southern Salt Lake County and northern Utah County — is Will Shiflett, who oversees a business program at Salt Lake Community College. As of Wednesday, he had not released any contribution reports.

Cline and Bollinger may have raised additional funds that haven’t been have reported yet. During an election year, candidates have 31 days to report having received donations, or seven days if money is received within the month before a nominating convention, primary or general election.

Cline is moving forward with her reelection bid despite the Utah State Board of Education’s formal request last week that she resign. The board, state lawmakers, local leaders and others have condemned Cline for questioning a high school athlete’s gender in a since-deleted Facebook post that caused a social media frenzy.

She made her campaign announcement Monday in a Facebook post, saying that she’s running to “protect children” against systems that “exploit” them “for political, sexual, social, environmental and economic agendas” and that seek to “erase children’s sexual inhibitions and boundaries and confuse them about biological reality.”

Bollinger said she estimates about half of the money she has raised poured in after Cline falsely suggested the student athlete was transgender on Feb. 6.

“It’s been a whirlwind,” Bollinger said, adding that within one month of…

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