10 fundraising trends developing in Jacksonville's City Council races – Florida Politics (blog)
Jacksonville City Council fundraising is picking up, less than a year before the March election. Below are ten insights (in no hierarchical order) into trends we are seeing in local races.
Ron Salem holds serve: In the now-three-way race between Republicans Ron Salem and Bill Bishop and recently-filed Democrat Darren Mason in At Large Group 2, Salem continues to control the money.
$3,550 of March money pushed Salem close to $157,000 between hard money and committee cash. While fundraising has slowed for Salem, he’s well ahead of Bishop, whose $500 March leaves the former councilman with just over $12,000 on hand.
The big story was Mason’s failure to launch; a $730 month leaves him with just over $500 on hand.
Matt Carlucci takes fundraising break: After a $29,000 March, At Large Group 4 Republican Matt Carlucci is taking a break from fundraising. He has reached his campaign budget of $250,000.
The former district Councilman is well ahead of another former councilman, Don Redman, whose March launch netted him just $3,950. The donor class is with Carlucci.
Al Ferraro keeps banking: No one will challenge Republican Al Ferraro in deep-red District 2, but the fundraising continues. Ferraro had $28,750 raised against $25.75 spent after March’s $17,950.
Cumber keeps flexing: Even with an underwhelming $4,500 March, LeAnna Cumber continued to bank, with over $170,000 on hand. Democrat James Jacobs still has $473.28 on hand.
Boylan makes up ground: In district 6, former WJCT CEO Michael Boylan is still behind Chamber candidate Rose Conry, but Boylan outraised Conry in March. Boylan raised $11,400, in his second straight month over five figures in fundraising. Conry raised $2,275.
Despite the reversal in fortunes in March, Conry still holds leads in