Aaron Bean backs Jay Fant in Florida AG race - Florida Politics

Aaron Bean backs Jay Fant in Florida AG race

Jay Fant picked up a much-needed high-profile endorsement in his race for attorney general from fellow Jacksonville Republican Aaron Bean.

“Senator Bean has been a longtime voice for conservative politics in Northeast Florida,” Fant said. “His endorsement is one to be very proud of. We look forward to working with Senator Bean on our conservative platform for years to come.”

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Fant has represented Florida’s House District 15 in the Jacksonville area since 2014. In May, immediately after the end of the 2017 regular Legislative Session, he became the first major candidate to file to run in the attorney general’s race.

Since then, Fant has been upstaged by former Hillsborough County Circuit Judge Ashley Moody, who has been endorsed by current AG Pam Bondi. Moody announced earlier Monday that she has raised over a million dollars in her quest for the GOP nomination.

Through the end of August, Fant raised $179,300 in his campaign account, but an advisor says that he has loaned his campaign $750,000 bringing his total campaign donations to $958,000, which will be officially released on Tuesday.

In addition, Fant has more than $50,000 cash-on-hand currently in his political committee, Pledge This Day, though there have been contributions to that account since June.

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Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served five years as political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. Mitch also was assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley and is a San Francisco native who has lived in Tampa for 15 years. Mitch can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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