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Jaguars donate to Tommy Hazouri campaign

The Jaguars’ $20,000 contribution made up the bulk of a $31,000 week for Hazouri’s Let’s Stay Together political committee.

Democrats have thrashed Tommy Hazouri for endorsing Republican Lenny Curry for Mayor, however his fundraising isn’t being impacted.

And signing a big check for Hazouri’s Council re-election bid in the last week: Shad Khan, via the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Jaguars’ $20,000 contribution made up the bulk of a $31,000 week for Hazouri’s Let’s Stay Together political committee.

Hazouri, the city’s Mayor from 1987 to 1991, has $53,000 in that account, and an additional $26,000 in hard money.

The Democratic incumbent faces two challengers in the March first election: Democrat James Jacobs and Republican Greg Rachal.

Two inexperienced candidates, neither has shown fundraising prowess. Jacobs has a few hundred dollars on hand, Rachal under $3,500.

Hazouri has been a fixture on television. Over $200,000 in total was invoiced to the Florida Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee. The Bill Galvano led committee funded an ad showing the Curry endorsement (with the money since reimbursed by a Curry political committee).

In addition, Hazouri will spend over $100,000 on television of his own. The spot mentions first-term accomplishments, including passing the Human Rights Ordinance.

In the most recent poll of the race, Hazouri leads the field with 38 percent support, and 25 percent undecided.

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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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