Janet Cruz has held what is now the House District 62 seat in Hillsborough County since winning a special election back in early 2010.
Who will replace her in the overwhelmingly Democratic district a year from now is unknown.
Despite the leg up in legislative experience, Rodriguez raised no money last month. He’s has only raised $510 since entering the race in May, plus a $1,000 loan he threw in to get his campaign started when he filed. He had just $650 in the bank at the end of October.
Carlos Frontera, a 42-year-old Cuban native, also posted a goose egg last month and so far has raised just $875 since entering the contest in March. Add in his $200 kick starter loan and he has just $1,050 in the bank through seven months.
Leading the pack is Michael Alvarez , who actually did raise some cash in October – $2,029, to be exact.
The Marine veteran and a party activist now leads the field with $8,626 raised since he filed in May. Like his primary rivals, he’s also thrown a bit of his own money into his bid.
Adding in his $5,148 in loans over the past six months, Alvarez has $6,440 in the bank.
House District 62 covers a large portion of inland Hillsborough County, including parts of Tampa and the communities of Town ‘n’ Country and Egypt Lake-Leto.
Democrats hold a 2-to-1 advantage over Republicans in voter registrations, and Cruz’ ran unopposed in her re-election campaign for a fourth term.