Clay Yarborough rakes in $7500 in July for HD 12 re-election bid – Florida Politics

Clay Yarborough rakes in $7500 in July for HD 12 re-election bid

Rep. Clay Yarborough, a Jacksonville Republican representing State House District 12, hauled in $7,500 in July fundraising.

Among the bigger names from the nine donors: Foley and Lardner and Florida Foundation for Liberty (the committee of future House Speaker Paul Renner).

Yarborough has raised nearly $49,000 this cycle, and has just under $41,000 of that on hand, as he prepares for a general election challenge in the deep red district.

Yarborough is slated to face a general election opponent: Tim Yost, a local college instructor running as a Democrat.

Yost filed for this race in the middle of July, and has raised $2,215, largely from small-dollar donors, with a few bearing the surname of Yost.

Yost had explored a run against Rep. John Rutherford for Congress, and in that race he was running as an independent.

“You and I deserve an independent candidacy because the two party system has failed us. The system has forced us to back politicians who do not have our best interests mind,” Yost wrote earlier this year.

“I have no backing from a party that tells me how to think. Northeast Floridians who live in Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties will have a true representative of their interests not someone who simply presses the button party officials tell them to press,” Yost added.

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