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Big momentum: Lenny Curry raises more than $1.5 million in just 25 days for re-election

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry has no meaningful opposition for his re-election bid and his first 25 days of fundraising likely will ensure that remains the case for some time.

In less than a month on the re-election trail, Curry raised just more than $1.5 million.

Of that sum, $255,305 went into the campaign account, and $1,246,500 went to his political committee, Jacksonville on the Rise, which is already running television spots.

Curry often talks about the importance of relationships — and what’s clear from a list of donors is that his 2015 supporters are on board for four more years, along with one name who wasn’t a Curry backer in 2015 (Shad Khan).

Just a few of those names that went in for $25,000 or more to the political committee: Tom PetwayBetty Petway, and Ty Petway; current Jaguars owner Shad Khan and former Jags owner Wayne WeaverGary ChartrandJohn BakerJohn Rood, and Aubrey EdgePeter Rummell (divergence on an assault weapons ban notwithstanding).

In addition to Rummell clearing the $25,000 mark personally, RummellMunz Partners donated another $25,000, and family members donated as well.

JB CoxwellSuddath CompanySummit ConstructionPGA Tour, and bestbet likewise went $25,000 in.

Giving at lesser levels: Florida Blue ($15,000); Marty Fiorentino and the Fiorentino Group ($3,500); Tim and Jessica Baker (and his companies), adding up to $6,000; Southern Strategy Group lobbyists Deno Hicks and Matt Brockelman ($1,000 each).

The bottom line is that Lenny Curry can run an aggressive re-election bid for the next year with as much paid media as he needs. Adding to that: Curry has strong relationships with main anchors on both WJXT (Kent Justice) and Action News Jax (John Bachman), which could help him framing stories, like the current JEA discussion, that may prove difficult for messaging.

Curry’s principal committee for fundraising, we are told, will be Jacksonville on the Rise. He is not actively soliciting funds for his other established committee, Build Something That Lasts.

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A.G. Gancarski has been a working journalist for over two decades, with bylines in national and local publications alike on subjects ranging from pop music to national and global politics. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014, and has held a column in Jacksonville, Florida's Folio Weekly for two decades. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." Gancarski is a frequent presence on Jacksonville television and radio, including fill-in slots on WJCT-FM's award-winning talk show "First Coast Connect." He can be reached at a.g.gancarski@gmail.com.

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