Koutoujian leads fund-raising in race to replace Markey

Among the five Democrats vying to fill Edward J. Markey’s congressional seat, Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian appears to lead the field in fund-raising over the last three months.

From April through June — the second quarter of the year — he raised approximately $308,000, ending the quarter with about $290,000 in the bank, according to his campaign.

Here’s how the other candidates fared, in order:

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State Senator Katherine Clark of Melrose pulled in $228,000 and had over $400,000 at the end of June, according to her campaign.

State Representative Carl M. Sciortino of Medford raised $203,000 and had more than $270,000 remaining on June 30, according to his campaign.

State Senator Karen Spilka of Ashland raised over $200,000, and had over $200,000 in the bank at the end of last month, according to her campaign.

State Senator Will Brownsberger of Belmont raised $130,000 and had $290,000 in cash on hand at the end of last month.

The mostly suburban Fifth Congressional District seat runs from Winthrop to Woburn to Weston to Holliston. It is heavily Democratic so the winner of the primary will be a front-runner to take over as Markey’s successor.

Official fund-raising reports from the campaigns are due to the Federal Election Commission in Washington, D.C., by Monday.

Fund-raising is essential in all modern political campaigns, but the race for money is particularly important in what looks set to be a sleepy special election campaign for a seat in the US House of Representatives. Each of the five declared candidates has a base of support, but needs to attract the attention of voters who don’t yet know much about them.

And it will take money to introduce themselves — whether through a door-by-door field operation, lawn signs, direct mail pieces, or television and radio advertisements.

All candidates face the same challenging political environment as they make their cases to an exhausted electorate, worn out by one political contest after another.

Markey beat Republican Gabriel E. Gomez in a special election last month to fill the US Senate seat that was held by John F. Kerry, who is now secretary of state.

Markey is set be sworn in to the Senate on July 16. After his congressional seat officially becomes vacant, Governor Deval Patrick will set a date for the special election to fill it, likely in December. That means a probable October primary — sandwiched between a high-wattage preliminary race for mayor of Boston in September and the deciding contest in November.