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Anna Brosche fails to close cash gap with Lenny Curry in Jacksonville Mayor’s race

“A New Day,” the political committee of Jacksonville City Councilwoman Anna Brosche, raised $374,000 in January.

“A New Day,” the political committee of Jacksonville City Councilwoman Anna Brosche, raised $374,000 in January.

Brosche, a Republican, qualified for the Jacksonville mayoral campaign a month ago. Since she registered her committee on the state level, Monday’s report was the first look at soft money.

Her leading individual contributor: Delores Barr Weaver, who donated $25,000.

The bulk of Brosche’s money ($325,000) came from Floridians for Accountability and Transparency.

This political committee is chaired by Anthony Pedicini of Tamps; the money routed in this direction is Jacksonville money, however.

Former CSX CEO Michael Ward, having given $160,000, is the most active donor. CPA Jack Meeks and Associates gave another $50,000.

In addition to the money on the committee level, Brosche also has roughly $60,000 in hard money in her campaign account.

Mayor Lenny Curry has roughly $408,000 in hard money, essentially matching Brosche’s two accounts combined, and an additional $2.71 million in his Jacksonville on the Rise political committee account.

With fundraisers with First Lady Casey DeSantis and Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan last week, expect strong numbers in the next report.

Additionally, Curry has been helped by the Florida Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee, which has committed over $200,000 to an ad buy featuring an endorsement from former Democratic Mayor Tommy Hazouri.

With no active Democrat running, Democratic backing is up for grabs in this race.

The chair of the local Republican Party on Monday castigated Brosche for courting Democratic support, a claim which her campaign framed as partisan.

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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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  1. Charles Bown

    February 11, 2019 at 11:52 pm

    Mayor Curry has done a great job for the city and deserves to have another term as mayor. Anna Brosche did nothing as Council President but try to undermine the Mayor. She is a failure as a councilwoman and will be a bigger failure as a mayor. If she could see the forest she would put an end to this pseudo Republican campaign and save her embarrassment of a loss.

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