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Janet Adkins builds a strong $ lead in Nassau County school commish race

The next move for State Representative Janet Adkins: a run for Nassau County Commissioner of Schools. And as her husband and campaign manager, Doug Adkins, writes in an email, things are going well.

Adkins, who served on the Nassau County School Board for a decade before running for the State House in 2008, has over a 2 to 1 lead in contributions ($50,815 to $19,371) against her only meaningful competition: School Board member Kathy Burns.

Meanwhile, Rep. Adkins has a very specific fundraising goal, and she’s not quite there yet.

“We expected this campaign will cost in excess of $169,000 and will continue to work hard to raise the money to help ensure our campaign can the message out to the voters and outline my plan to improve our schools,” Rep. Adkins said.

Team Adkins is benefiting from well-established connections, both in Northeast Florida, and Tallahassee, as October’s numbers suggest.

Just 22 donations were made to Adkins last month, totaling $13,750.

8 of those are maximum contributions, including from lobbyist Ronald Book, Charter Schools USA, School Development HC Finance, and “Unreasonable Leadership Book,” associated with charter cheerleader Gary Chartrand‘s book, which was “meant to show how an established company … can undergo progressive transformation and flourish — provided that its leaders temper their risk-averse tendencies with selective yet bold out-of-the-box thinking,” says Chartrand.

The $500 club includes two familiar names: Duval County School Board member Scott Shine and former State Legislator and Jacksonville City Councilman Jim Tullis.

Meanwhile, Burns’ October was quieter, and one where she spent more than she took in.

Her just over $1,300 in contributions came from 13 locals; meanwhile, she spent $1,500.

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A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at AG@FloridaPolitics.com

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