Though it’s still early in the fundraising race for 2019 Jacksonville candidates, City Council hopeful Matt Carlucci continued setting the pace in August.

Carlucci brought in $28,051 in new money last month, spending $4,489; all told, the former Councilman and State Ethics Commission chair has roughly $125,000 on hand.

The Republican candidate will need that and more for his citywide race to replace termed-out At-Large Councilman Greg Anderson.

Among Carlucci’s donors: Best Bet, Sleiman Enterprises, Nocatee Development, Councilman John Crescimbeni.

Most of Carlucci’s spend: to the “Nolan Group” for “website development.”

Beyond Carlucci’s respectable haul, most other candidates running for City Council in 2019 didn’t focus on rainmaking in August.

Ron Salem, a Republican running to replace termed-out John Crescimbeni in his at-large seat, cleared $100,000 cash on hand in August, with $3,350 in new money making the difference.

After a strong start for Salem’s fundraising, the pace has slowed: in the last three months, Salem has raised just under $10,000 all-inclusive.

Other citywide candidates have no fundraising momentum whatsoever. Only District 7 Democrat Marc McCullough and District 8 Democrat Diallo Sekou have more than $1,000 on hand.

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