Representative Edward J. Markey, Democrat of Malden, has not yet won the primary election to be his party’s nominee, won the special election to fill the state’s open Senate seat, or taken the Senate oath of office.
But for three Democratic candidates hoping to replace Markey in representing the state’s heavily Democratic 5th Congressional district, fundraising has already begun.
Three state legislators eyeing Markey’s House seat filed quarterly fundraising reports with the Federal Election Commission in recent days. Each report covered money raised from Jan. 1 through March 31.
State Senator Katherine Clark of Melrose narrowly led the way with $262,000, and had $257,000 in cash in the bank at the end of March.
State Senator Will Brownsberger of Belmont raised $257,000, and had $247,000 in cash the bank at the end of last month.
And State Representative Carl Sciortino of Medford raised $152,000, and had $139,000 in cash in the bank at the end of the quarter.
The 5th district includes a swath of cities and towns north and west of Boston from Winthrop to Woburn to Ashland.
Markey faces off with Representative Stephen F. Lynch of South Boston in the Democratic primary for state’s open Senate seat on April 30.
The Democratic nominee will face the winner of the Republican primary. Those candidates are private equity investor and former Navy SEAL Gabriel E. Gomez, state Representative Daniel B. Winslow and former US Attorney Michael J. Sullivan.
The Senate seat became open after John Kerry resigned to become secretary of state.