Republican Senate hopeful John Chachas in D.C.

Wed, Feb 17, 2010 (3:08 p.m.)

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John Chachas is an Ely native and banker who brings big money to the race. Although he has lived in New York for most of his adult life, he maintains a home in Ely and vacations there.

WASHINGTON -- Republican senatorial hopeful John Chachas is making the rounds in Washington this week as he builds his campaign bid to unseat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in this fall's election.

Chachas is the Ely-born New York investment banker who is tapping his own personal fortune to run in the June primary. Chachas quit his job recently to run for office full time.

While Chachas is building up a sizable financial warchest with his personal cash, his campaign has been slower to mobilize than other Republican hopefuls who have been working the state for the past few months.

Chachas was not scheduled to stop in at the National Republican Senatorial Committee in Washington, but he has been meeting with others in town, sources said.

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