Though neither Aaron Bean nor Audrey Gibson face meaningful competition for re-election next year, the two Northeast Florida Senators are leaving nothing to chance when it comes to fundraising.
In a month where Hurricane Irma waylaid many pols’ plans, both Senators had strong months in the realm of campaign finance.
Bean, a Republican who represents Nassau County and part of Duval, brought in $33,000 in hard money — much of that off the strength of a high-profile fundraising event late last month.
Notable about Bean’s haul: all but $1,000 of it came from Florida addresses, and much of it from his Senate district.
Among this month’s Bean Team donors: current Jacksonville City Council candidate Matt Carlucci and incumbent Duval County School Board member Scott Shine.
Bean has just over $62,000 cash on hand.
Though Sen. Gibson’s September haul of $12,000 was less than Bean’s, Gibson’s efficient operation closed out September with nearly $80,000 on hand — plenty of cash for a candidate with no primary opponent and a no-hope write-in in the general election.
Democrat Gibson, who represents the parts of Duval that Bean doesn’t, raised that $12,000 from thirteen checks.
Among Gibson’s donors: four Disney affiliates, Waste Management, Verizon, Comcast, and the Alliance for Honest Government.