Informed sources confirm that Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry raised more than $250,000 in April, his second straight month of strong fundraising after a $1.5 million March.
The breakdown: $46,000 for the campaign (bringing its total raised to just over $300,000) and $206,000 for the “Jacksonville on the Rise” political committee (pushing it over $1.45 million raised or transferred from other committees).
All told, Curry is positioned by the end of May to clear $2 million raised.
Big donors in April include John Campion ($50,000), and Black Knight Financial Services, Fidelity Information Services, and Borland-Groover Clinic ($25,000 each).
The fundraising haul comes at a time when challengers for Curry, a first-term Republican elected in 2015, are lining up for next year’s ballot.
Democrat Doreszell Cohen, former Atlantic Beach Commissioner Jimmy Hill (a Republican, who has $100 of his and his wife’s money on hand after April fundraising) and NPA activist Connell Crooms are already in the race.
Additionally, Jacksonville City Council President Anna Brosche is mulling a run for mayor, with a decision to be made this summer, after her term as Council President wraps in June.
While she is “focused” on her “responsibilities as Council President and some important initiatives launched recently,” Brosche notes that once her term ends, she will have “the opportunity to get clarity on [her] next steps.”
A Brosche/Curry matchup would bristle with drama, were it to happen.
The dislike between the two leading Republicans in City Hall is palpable, as they have clashed on issue after issue, with each showing a propensity to hurl pejoratives at each other through the media.
If a challenge were to manifest, one could expect Curry to call in every marker possible, with an eye toward as decisive a victory as possible.
A party familiar with the thinking of Curry’s political team asserts that Brosche will lose her next campaign, no matter what she runs for.