Elizabeth Esty is trying to make a splash with her first congressional fundraising report.

The former state legislator from Cheshire reported raising $172,211 in the three weeks since creating her candidate committee for her run in the 5th Congressional District.

“I am thrilled with the amount of both moral and financial support I’ve gotten already, just in the short amount of time that I’ve been running,” Esty said. “I am working hard to earn the support of the voters around northwest Connecticut and I am excited to have the chance to do that every day for the next year and a half.”

She is vying with political newcomer Dan Roberti for the Democratic nomination to succeed Chris Murphy, who is running for the Senate. But the field is certain to grow for the open seat. Esty declared her candidacy just four days ago, but she has been able to raise money since opened her committee March 11.

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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