Democrat Gary Farmer just had his best fundraising month yet, earning more than $34,000 in contributions during May. That’s according to the latest information filed with the Florida Division of Elections.
Those impressive totals leave Farmer with more than $65,000 cash on hand. The incumbent senator representing Senate District 34 is running unopposed in his re-election bid.
The majority of donations to Farmer came from various law firms and attorneys throughout the state. Farmer, a longtime attorney himself, recently took a position at heavyweight law firm Morgan & Morgan.
Farmer easily won his first election in 2016, defeating his Republican opponent 63 percent to 37 percent. That earned him the SD 34 seat, which covers parts of Broward County including Fort Lauderdale, Dania Beach and Hollywood.
Without a declared opponent and with a growing campaign chest, Farmer appears to be on his way to winning again in 2018.
He recently courted controversy, however, after comments regarding state Sen. Lauren Book. Farmer reportedly questioned Book’s ability to take on an increased leadership role due to her having two young children.
That comment was denounced by some of Farmer’s fellow Democrats. Farmer eventually apologized for his remarks.