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Flags at half-staff for JSO officer killed in wreck

Gov. Rick Scott has ordered flags at half-staff to honor Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Police Officer Lance C. Whitaker, a 17-year veteran.

Scott ordered the U.S. and state flags to be flown at half-staff at the Duval County Courthouse in Jacksonville, City Hall in Jacksonville, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office in Jacksonville, and the Capitol in Tallahassee, from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday. 

Whitaker, 48, “was killed in a single-vehicle crash on northbound I-295, near Alta Drive, at approximately 4:30 a.m.” last Tuesday, May 15, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page. “He was responding to another accident scene on the interstate when his vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree.”

“My wife Ann and I are heartbroken by the loss of Officer Lance C. Whitaker,” Scott said in a statement. “I spoke with Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams to express our condolences to him and everyone at the Sheriff’s Office.

“Everyday our brave men and women in law enforcement risk their lives to keep our communities safe and we must demonstrate our gratitude for their sacrifices. I ask every Floridian to join us in praying for Officer Whitaker’s family during this incredibly difficult time.”

Whitaker’s funeral service is today (Wednesday) at 11 a.m., Evangel Temple, 5755 Ramona Blvd., Jacksonville. A graveside service will immediately follow at Oaklawn Cemetery, 4801 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville. A police vehicle procession will take place between the church service and graveside service.

Duval GOP chair tried, failed to sabotage Council VP race

Florida Politics has obtained proof that Karyn Morton, chair of the Republican Party of Duval County, attempted to sway the election for Jacksonville City Council Vice President between Danny Becton and Scott Wilson.

Both Becton and Wilson, who won the race, are Republicans.

However, Morton (who denied having done such when we asked her about it after the vote) texted and called various Republicans on the council, attempting to push Becton over Wilson.

Morton’s take, per a text obtained, was that Becton was more conservative than Wilson.

Hope we’re on the same page this afternoon on the Vice President of Council vote,” Morton texted a councilman Tuesday.

“As a staunch conservative, Danny Becton is by far the best candidate.  And regarding experience, knowledge, abilities with finance, budget, zoning, etc, again I believe Danny is the better choice.”

Morton, not known as a close observer of council business, waded in with unsolicited critiques intended to sway those who know best how the legislative body works.

Councilman Bill Gulliford, one of those lobbied by Morton, objected in the strongest possible terms.

I find it deplorable that any party chair would stick their nose in council business and even worse that they would pick one party member over another member of the same party,” Gulliford texted Tuesday evening.

“I have never seen this kind of intrusion in the process during my time on the council,” Gulliford added.

At least three other Republican councilmembers were lobbied along similar lines, and they shared Gulliford’s revulsion over the tactics, even as they didn’t want to go on record.

Morton was successful in moving two pledges to Becton: withdrawn VP candidate Sam Newby, who theatrically signed a pledge to support Becton ahead of the vote; and Al Ferraro, a Morton loyalist who had pledged to Newby before Newby withdrew from the race to purportedly focus on his re-election campaign.

A review of those who supported Wilson and those who supported Becton reveals that, in fact, Becton drew half his support from City Council Democrats.

Reggie Gaffney, Katrina Brown, Garrett Dennis, and Reggie Brown, a quartet of Democrats who had voted as a “pack” for Anna Brosche in 2017 and who got rewarded with Democratic control of the City Council Finance Committee as a result, all backed Becton.

Brosche, who supported Becton, told us she was not lobbied by Morton.

Morton’s lobbying, in fact, seemed to have the opposite of the desired effect, driving many of the most respected Republicans to back Wilson — a civil servant since the age of 18 who was a council aide for eight years before getting elected.

Council President-Designate Aaron Bowman backed Wilson.

So too did former Council Presidents Gulliford, Greg Anderson, and Lori Boyer. And second-termers Matt Schellenberg and Doyle Carter were also on Wilson’s side.

Morton was active in lobbying support for Brosche over Democrat John Crescimbeni in the race for Council President in 2017, but her efforts there weren’t what drove the victory for Brosche.

Rather, Brosche’s margin ultimately was sealed by her aforementioned outreach to African-American Democrats, who weren’t sold on Crescimbeni despite the shared party label.

Brosche, mindful of the limited support (and rampant backbiting) for her 2015 bid from the Duval Republicans, was philosophical last year when she discussed Morton’s unexpected support.

“I appreciated having her support and help. At least in the President’s race, she had a Republican running against a Democrat. I’m not sure she had a choice in that race. She’s about supporting Republicans,” Brosche said.

In the 2018 VP race, Morton made a choice between two Republicans, actively undermining the bid of the eventual winner.

Some local Republicans find it curious that, in a year in which Republicans face competition for every slot on the Duval County ballot, Morton is wading into leadership races.

With the political season well underway, the chair of the local Republican Party took an avoidable loss, attempting to strongarm votes of members of a body who believe they are fully capable of deciding who they want to lead them over the next year.

Morton’s decision to intervene apparently happened without active support from the office of Mayor Lenny Curry, who offered support for the new leadership team.

Firefighters back Democrat Tracye Polson in HD 15 scrum

Democrat Tracye Polson is still waiting to find out which of three Republicans will emerge from the August primary to face her in the House District 15 race.

But she doesn’t have to wait any longer for the endorsement of one of Jacksonville’s most influential public sector unions.

The Jacksonville Association of Firefighters gave its imprimatur to Polson, meaning that no matter what happens in the GOP battle, she can count on union backing.

“I am humbled to have earned the support of the men and women of the Jacksonville Association of Firefighters. This endorsement is particularly meaningful to me. As a licensed mental health professional, I’ve spent many years treating victims of trauma and I know the critical impact first responders have when they arrive on the scene of fire and medical emergencies. District 15 continues to battle the opioid epidemic, having two zip codes with the highest rate of overdoses in the city,” said Polson.

“Furthermore, because of the stressors first responders are exposed to everyday, they have increased rates of PTSD and suicide. And this impacts their loved ones and our entire community, too. I will be a staunch advocate for them and their families,” Polson added.

The local Fraternal Order of Police had previously endorsed Polson, giving her a public safety sweep.

Polson, the sole Democrat running to succeed Republican Jay Fant in office, has assembled an impressive campaign architecture, with her team actively canvassing the district.

The candidate also has a money advantage over the Republican field.

Between her campaign account and that of her “Better Jacksonville” political committee, she raised $36,983.03 in April. The total raised is over $211,000 now, which is far and away the biggest nestegg for any Jacksonville State House candidate, Republican or Democrat.

Republicans languish behind Polson in terms of resources ahead of what right now is a three-way primary, one in which a poll released last month by the Polson campaign shows her ahead of her best financed Republican opponent in a general election clash.

Wyman Duggan, a lawyer for Rogers Towers with City Hall connections, raised $7,010 in April (a month that saw him endorsed by the political committee of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce), pushing him over $120,000 raised and $99,000 cash on hand.

Joseph Hogan, who reported no fundraising for March, reported just $3,000 fundraising for April, which leaves him poorly positioned in the primary battle ahead.

Likewise, yacht broker Mark Zeigler raised $9,150 in April, and he has roughly $20,000 on hand.

Concordance discord: Lenny Curry pilloried for not signing education resolution

Two weeks ago, the Jacksonville City Council passed a resolution at the request of School Board member Ashley Smith-Juarez backing up its position that a change in state concordance testing changes would lower the city’s graduation rate.

Per WJCT, the new rules would raise minimum standardized test scores needed for graduation, but Mayor Lenny Curry objected to the resolution passed by the Council and the School Board.

At Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, Councimembers and a School Board member had their say about Curry’s divergence from what they saw as legislative will. His failure to sign kept the resolution from being effective during the debate and decision process on the state level.

Chief of Staff Brian Hughes noted that the Council resolution was passed “on the testimony of a single board member,” as Curry wrote in a letter to the Council..

Hughes met with Gov. Rick Scott‘s chief of staff and others, he said when asked by Councilman Garrett Dennis about whether he consulted with subject matter experts.

Hughes also noted that there were “local contacts,” but the State Board of Education was the ultimate contact, given that Council and the School Board were reacting to its edict.

Dennis said the impact of the bill would be experienced disproportionately by minority students on the Northside; Hughes countered that, four years from now when the new standards take effect, all students will be affected.

Dennis was swayed by Smith-Juarez describing the “economic impact” of the bill, he said, noting that poverty is the driver of myriad social malaises.

“It bothered me. It bothered a lot of people in my community,” Dennis said.

Hughes maintained his position, saying the mayor believed higher standards lead to better results.

Hughes also said that since the bill passed with a veto-proof majority, Curry didn’t veto it.

Councilwoman Katrina Brown noted that the non-signature meant that the bill did not sway the debate, critical since the bill was passed on an emergency basis.

School Board Chair Paula Wright said she sent communications to Curry and Hughes trying to get a conversation, but her efforts were unsuccessful.

“I was disappointed that our city’s leader had decided not to join you in supporting the board,” Wright said, noting that a “forwarded email” was how Wright and others learned about Curry’s position.

Curry did not consult the board, Wright said.

“Had he contacted us, we would have been happy to share … the effects this change has on his most vulnerable constituents,” Wright said.

“The new rule,” said Wright, eliminates the math portion of the state-created Postsecondary Education Readiness Test, which costs less than a dollar to administer, compared to the $60 fees for the SAT or ACT.

As WJCT reported,  a “State Board of Education presentation shows the Buros Center for Testing at the University of Nebraska conducted a study on the alignment of the current accepted substitute scores. It found the P.E.R.T to be too easy, saying it measured ‘content knowledge expected of students in elementary or middle school’.”

Councilman Tommy Hazouri, a former Mayor and School Board member, agreed with Wright.

“800 kids will be left behind,” Hazouri said, urging more of a relationship between City Hall and the School Board.

Dennis pressed for a “commitment” from the Curry administration to meet with the School Board to “help our most vulnerable population.”

Hughes said he would be “happy to take the meeting.”

“You have my commitment,” the Chief of Staff said.

One dissenting voice: Councilman Al Ferraro, who noted that Council has no control over the School Board, citing concerns he had about overcrowding and school crossings that the School Board ignored.

“I’ve reached out to the School Board on many things,” Ferraro said. “You haven’t returned our calls.”

 

 

Lawsuit won’t push Katrina Brown off Jacksonville City Council

Jacksonville City Councilwoman Katrina Brown is being sued personally by the city of Jacksonville, the fallout from an economic development deal gone bust.

Earlier this month, the city filed suit against Brown, a first-term Democratic member of the Finance Committee, for breach of guaranty, relative to a defaulted loan of $380,000 to the Browns’ family business, CoWealth LLC. [COJ v Katrina Brown].

Brown talked to Jacksonville media on Tuesday, and she insisted that she is not stepping down and will continue her bid for re-election.

“I came here today and wanted to give an explanation, but … my legal team advised me, because it’s in litigation, not to give any details on it,” Brown said regarding the suit.

Brown offered a “no comment” when asked if the suit was politically motivated, 10 months before city elections.

“I’m going to continue to lead,” Brown said.

This suit is ill-timed for Councilwoman Brown, who has drawn no fewer than seven challengers for her District 8 seat.

Six of them were from her own Democratic Party. One of the challengers died soon after filing, leaving five Democrats and one NPA candidate in the mix.

Despite bad news cycles including the business woes described above, and an altercation with local police when a council colleague was pulled over, Brown nonetheless is running for re-election.

In her first month of actual fundraising, Brown raked in $7,000, from $500 and $1,000 checks from outside the district.

Advocates for Business Growth ponied up, as did developers (the Sonoc Company, Leone Development and Nocatee Development, along with Sleiman Holdings), and attorneys interested in development (Driver, McAfee, Hawthorne & Diebenow).

Brown is still in a distant third place in terms of total money raised. The leader, Tameka Gaines Holly, brought in $3,458 in April (much of the money from within the district), leaving her with roughly $19,000 on hand.

Jacksonville City Council elects Aaron Bowman to presidency; Scott Wilson VP

The top job starting July 1 in the Jacksonville City Council will go to current Vice President Aaron Bowman, elected President-Designate Tuesday.

There was little surprise: Bowman had 13 of the 19 councilors pledging support to him weeks prior.

President-Designate Bowman, a VP for the Jacksonville Chamber‘s business recruitment wing JAXUSA Partnership, will represent a break from the chaotic, parlous dynamic between current President Anna Lopez Brosche and Mayor Lenny Curry.

Former President Lori Boyer nominated Bowman, a Naval Academy alum who went on to run Mayport, lauding his “steady hand.”

“In an election year, when emotions run high,” Boyer said, “a seasoned leader will be valuable.”

Mayor Lenny Curry and his senior staff — seemingly with a stake in the outcome of the uncontested vote — watched proceedings from the green room, coming out as ballots were being distributed.

Curry sat with Bowman’s family.

One interesting anomaly: Councilman John Crescimbeni threw a curve, writing in the name Scott Wilson for President, which caused the dais to break out in laughter. It was an error.

Bowman, in his remarks, noted “excitement beyond belief … uneasiness … and extreme confidence” in taking the helm, vowing that “teamwork” between the council and the Curry administration would define his year.

Bowman also noted “challenges” with the administration this year, saying “we’ve got to do better.”

Curry left the room, staring at the door on his way out.

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Meanwhile, the race for Vice President was less of a sure thing headed into Tuesday, with three declared candidates who had little traction between them.

However, action on Tuesday ahead of the vote moved the narrative along, though not in a way that resolved matters until the 3 p.m meeting.

The three hopefuls had pledge meetings Tuesday afternoon ahead of the vote.

Republican Danny Becton had three pledged supporters (himself and fellow Republicans Jim Love and Al Ferraro) ahead of the vote, and added Sam Newby to the mix.

Democrat Tommy Hazouri had two, himself and Democrat Joyce Morgan. Hazouri threw a curveball — announcing his support for Republican Scott Wilson.

Wilson went into Tuesday with no pledges besides himself, but secured pledges from Matt Schellenberg and Greg Anderson in his meeting, giving him three even before Hazouri made his move (with Councilman Bill Gulliford, who had yet to formally pledge but seemed to be leaning Wilson, in the room at the time). John Crescimbeni also pledged to Wilson ahead of the vote via email, adding to the momentum.

Love nominated Becton, while Councilwoman Katrina Brown — being sued by the city for the default of her family business on city grants and loans intended for economic development and job creation — seconded, lauding Becton’s “character” and refusal to “judge a book by its cover.”

Anderson nominated Wilson, noting that his public service started at the age of 18, working for public parking, before moving on to 13 years in Clerk of Courts and 8 years as a council aide.

Morgan, Bowman, Wilson, Boyer, Schellenberg, Doyle Carter, Gulliford, Hazouri, and Anderson went with Wilson, giving him a 10-9 win.

For Wilson, who lost last year by a big margin, and who came into the day with no pledges, it was sweet vindication.

Especially so given that multiple sources assert that Wilson’s own Republican Party backed Becton, attempting to get Republicans on the council to support him over the eventual winner.

While Duval GOP Chair Karyn Morton denied that, sources insist pressure was there.

For Gwen Graham, the ‘North Florida Way’ is the path to becoming Governor

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Gwen Graham found herself on familiar turf Monday evening, addressing Duval County Democrats.

Graham’s campaign in Northeast Florida has been buoyed in recent months by endorsements from several regionally-prominent Democrats: State Rep. Tracie Davis, Jacksonville City Councilmen Garrett Dennis and Tommy Hazouri, Duval County School Board member Warren Jones, and former Mayor Jake Godbold.

Many of those endorsements came months ago, before the ad blitz and poll surge of Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine.

Graham seemed like an inevitable choice for the nomination before Levine’s television ad buys. In recent weeks, both private and public surveys have shown that Levine is ahead of Graham in voter-rich regions of the state, such as South Florida and the Tampa area.

In Jacksonville, Graham — once seen as a prohibitive frontrunner for the nomination — made at least one “comeback kid” posture, noting that in her 2014 race for Congress, some political reporters bet against her and others said she couldn’t win.

Graham also noted her commitment to progressive ideals in the remarks, including education, public option for health care, and gun control measures, before saying that “these things don’t matter if you can’t win.”

Graham espoused a commitment to the “67 county strategy,” a phrase also used by Levine. While a candidate has to do well in South Florida and the I-4 Corridor, “elections are won or lost north of Orlando.”

And Graham insisted that went beyond just Jacksonville, noting that presidential candidate Hillary Clinton “did well in Duval but got beaten badly west of here,” by way of making the case that the key is to “not get beaten so badly in places where Democrats have lost in the past.”

Graham wouldn’t speculate as to whether Levine could or couldn’t win 67 counties when asked.

“Look at the data, and you will see: the reality is you have to do well everywhere,” Graham added. “You can’t write off any part of the state and think there’s a path to victory.”

“I don’t pay attention to polls. The only poll I pay attention to is the people of Florida and the ones that I feel every day. The personal poll of the connection and excitement about having a Governor again in Tallahassee [who] will work for them every day,” Graham said.

She’s not feeling any urgency about getting spots on television either, saying she will be “on TV when it’s the right time to be on TV.”

Even as Levine has surged in the polls, Graham and her local endorsers most visibly messaged of late against not the front-runner, but against a third-party group supportive of Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum that shredded Graham for being insufficiently progressive.

Earlier in May, the Collective Super PAC spent $782,000 on an ad attacking Graham as a fake progressive.

The ad says Graham voted against Obamacare and for the Keystone Pipeline, essentially stooging for Republicans at the expense of President Barack Obama.

Graham was “disgusted that Andrew Gillum would allow a secret-money group to run a false attack against a fellow Democrat,” and her Jacksonville Democrat surrogates likewise were appropriately umbraged.

Graham was no less disgusted Monday, saying — when asked about the “fake progressive” charge” that she’s “not a fake anything.”

“My disappointment in that … is that Democrats attacking Democrats is not what we should be doing,” Graham said.

“I’m very disappointed that there is that going on in this race,” Graham added, saying the attack was a “counterproductive” distraction from the post-primary inevitability of “full-out attack having people understand that the future of Florida is at stake.”

The proxy war between Graham and Gillum adherents, however, came at the expense of either candidate messaging against Levine, an increasingly urgent priority with the primary quickly approaching.

We asked Graham if Gillum and Chris King, both generally not keeping up with Graham and Levine in polls, if those two candidates were effectively stalking horses for Levine with questions about their political viability going forward.

“They will have to make decisions about their own campaigns,” Graham said, noting that she respects “anyone who wishes to offer themselves for public service.”

Graham does have the cash on hand lead, but lacks Levine’s ability to self-finance at will.

Democrats in Jacksonville and beyond are watching with ever-increasing interest, to see if Graham can or will take control of the narrative of this race.

Ultimately, the sales pitch for Graham seems to pivot on electability, and an ability to carry the Democratic message to places that haven’t listened in a number of election cycles.

Northeast Florida political elite to helm Travis Hutson committee fundraiser

For those interested in Jacksonville area political sightings, the tony River Club will be the place to be Tuesday evening.

Sen. Travis Hutson will be supported at a fundraising reception for his First Coast Business Foundation, and Mayor Lenny Curry will be the special guest at an event heavy on names of prominent politicos, donors, and lobbyists.

Event chairs include Marty Fiorentino, former Congressional candidate Hans Tanzler (endorsed by Hutson in 2016), JEA Board member Husein Cumber, Jaguars’ lobbyist and all-around problem solver Paul Harden, and bestbet’s Jamie Shelton.

Among the standout names on the host committee: charter school impresario Gary Chartrand and the Jax Chamber mainstay Daniel Davis.

A similar group of players came together last May for a fundraiser in support of future House Speaker Paul Renner, whose political committee had a $261,000 month because of it.

Hutson is pursuing the Senate Presidency in 2022, and fundraisers like this for his political committees will fuel the work to secure support for his bid.

In April, his Sunshine State Conservatives political committee got a boost reflective of similar support from different players.

The committee brought in $155,000 in April, with much of that money coming from other committees.

The “Free Speech PAC” and “Citizens First,” both of “5730 Corporate Way Suite 214” in West Palm Beach ponied up $40,000 each.

“Florida Jobs Alliance” and “Conservative Choice,” each of which share an address with Sunshine State Conservatives, were in for another $25,000.

These committees all appear to be passthrough committees, with money coming from other committees, and so on.

The Sunshine State Conservatives committee doled out $10,050 in April, including contributions to campaigns of Sen. Kelli Stargel, and Rep. Joe Gruters.

Bigger spending could be found in March for the committee, which gave $50,000 to the FRSCC, to help with fundraising efforts. Donations were also made to the campaigns of Sens. Dana YoungDennis BaxleyKathleen PassidomoGeorge Gainer, and Doug Broxson.

Sauce loss: Jacksonville sues City Councilwoman Katrina Brown over BBQ botch

The secret’s in the sauce. But for Jacksonville City Councilwoman Katrina Brown, the lawsuit’s in the 4th Judicial Circuit.

Earlier this month, the city filed suit against Brown, a first-term Democratic member of the Council’s Finance Committee, for breach of guaranty, relative to a defaulted loan of $380,000 to the Browns’ family business, CoWealth LLC. [COJ v Katrina Brown]

CoWealth defaulted on the loan after Jan. 1 2017, per the filing, which noted that the city is owed over $346,000 in principal, in addition to interest, late charges, and so forth.

The city has retained Burr and Forman LLP to represent its interests.

To recap, the city fronted CoWealth $380,000 of loans from the city of Jacksonville and $220,000 of grants in 2011 to build a BBQ sauce plant in Northwest Jacksonville. The grant money was conditional on the company creating 56 permanent jobs, but none were created.

The city won a default judgement against the businesses, but that was effectively worthless. Brown’s parents, including her mother who ran the businesses, filed for bankruptcy months ago.

This news is ill-timed for Councilwoman Brown, who has drawn no fewer than seven challengers for her District 8 seat.

Six of them were from her own Democratic Party. One of the challengers died soon after filing, leaving five Democrats and one NPA candidate in the mix.

Despite bad news cycles including the business woes described above, and an altercation with local police when a Council colleague was pulled over by police, Brown nonetheless is running for re-election.

In her first month of actual fundraising, Brown raked in $7,000, from $500 and $1,000 checks.

Advocates for Business Growth ponied up, as did developers (the Sonoc Company, Leone Development and Nocatee Development, along with Sleiman Holdings), and attorneys interested in development (Driver, McAfee, Hawthorne & Diebenow).

Brown is still in a distant third place in terms of total money raised. The leader, Tameka Gaines Holly, brought in $3,458 in April (much of the money from within the district), leaving her with roughly $19,000 on hand.

One wonders what fundraising for May will look like, given this recent news.

Lenny Curry backs Mike Waltz for Congress

A major regional endorsement, via Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, went to Mike Waltz in the three-way GOP primary in Florida’s 6th Congressional District Monday.

Curry and Waltz share some of the same political advisers, and judging from the quotes of mutual admiration, there is ideological affinity as well.

“Michael Waltz is a leader and a warrior with a servant’s heart,” said Curry.

“From the battlefield to the halls of power, Mike has already demonstrated a deep reverence for the Constitution and a willingness to fight for the conservative values we share. Washington needs people who instead of saying what they want to do will simply get things done. Florida needs more conservative voices in Congress, and that’s why I am proud to endorse and support Michael Waltz for Congress,” Curry asserted.

“Mayor Lenny Curry is a true leader, visionary and champion for real conservative reform,” said Michael Waltz. “He has worked tirelessly to enact a positive conservative agenda with real results for the people of Northeast Florida. I am humbled by Mayor Curry’s support and look forward to working together in the months ahead.”

The GOP race in CD-6, where candidates vie to replace outgoing Rep. Ron DeSantis, has been an interesting one, with Waltz and John Ward both raising serious money for what will be an expensive primary straddling three media markets (Jacksonville, Daytona, and Orlando).

Ward, a Ponte Vedra businessman, was the Q1 cash leader with $709,340 on hand compared to $653,354 on hand for Waltz.

However, Waltz is amassing more high-profile endorsements, including that of Rep. John Rutherford (who also shares political advisers with Curry and Waltz), along with St. Johns Sheriff David Shoar, Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams, and Daytona Beach Police Chief Craig Capri.

One big endorsement awaits: DeSantis has yet to go public with a chosen successor.

One Democrat, in terms of fundraising, is in the Ward/Waltz neighborhood.

Nancy Soderberg, a former Ambassador to the United Nations under Bill Clinton, had at the end of March $595,000 on hand. She is keeping pace with the Republicans, without spending her own money on the campaign so far.

Another Democrat, Stephen Sevigny, had $227,000 on hand.

The 6th Congressional District runs from St. Johns to Volusia counties. It is expected to be a competitive general election this year.

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