December fundraising for 2019 Jacksonville City Council candidates presented few surprises, continuing trends that were established in previous months.
The leading fundraiser, still: At Large District 4 Republican Matt Carlucci. Running unopposed, the former Councilman and head of the Florida Ethics Commission now has $200,000 raised — with nearly $189,000 of that on hand — after $18,374 in December.
In City Council District 5, Republican LeAnna Cumber continued to press her advantage against underfunded Democrat James Jacobs.
Cumber has raised over $145,000 after $7,400 brought in to close the year; $142,000 of that is on hand.
Jacobs has raised just $853.
A similarly lopsided money race is taking place in At Large District 2, where Ron Salem continues to dominate Bill Bishop.
$11,050 of December money brought Salem to $136,040 raised, with $133,000 of that on hand.
Bishop, meanwhile, raised just $3,500 in December. The former Councilman and Mayoral candidate has raised $17,525, with under $11,000 of that on hand.
Two other Republicans — District 13’s Rory Diamond and District 14’s Randy DeFoor — are likewise over the $100,000 threshold. Diamond raised just $1,650 in December; DeFoor raised $10,537.
Diamond thus far has no opponent, and DeFoor is basically unopposed; her only opponent, Earl Testy, has raised all of $164 since entering the race.
Other candidates have yet to raise six-figures.
In City Council District 5, Republican Rose Conry has raised over $45,000, with $3,170 of it in December. Her GOP opponent Michael Boylan — former CEO of WJCT — raised just over $10,000 in his first month of fundraising, a month in which he was still technically employed at the local public broadcasting station.
In Council District 7, incumbent Democrat Reggie Gaffney has raised $17,600 after a $2,300 March. His closest competitor, Sharise Riley, has $5,000 on hand from a personal loan.
Races in Council Districts 10 and 8 see multiple candidates, none of whom have raised over $1,450; clearly, those fields have yet to establish hierarchy.