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HD 14 Dem Leslie Jean-Bart to hold Young Professionals fundraiser Wednesday

The money race in the HD 14 race has been slow compared to most Northeast Florida districts. Leslie Jean-Bart, the leader in money raised through February (and second to Terry Fields when it comes to cash on hand), plans a Young Professionals fundraiser for Wednesday night.

The host committee includes Jenny Busby and Darren Mason, two Jacksonville City Council Executive Council Assistants; Kris Estanga, a local Bernie Sanders supporter; Jimmy Midyette of the Jacksonville Coalition for Equality; Siottis Jackson, a consultant for various campaigns, including work for Corrine Brown; and Joey McKinnon, a veteran of the Jacksonville Young Democrats and of the city’s planning commission, before he was purged last year by Mayor Lenny Curry.

The low-dollar event (Host Committee membership is $50-75, and suggested contribution is $10-20) will be held at the Bay Street Bar and Grill.

$6,450 in February was Jean-Bart’s best haul of the campaign, bringing total money raised north of $38,000 (and $16,000 cash on hand).

Fields, however, was the clubhouse leader in February fundraising; his $8,150 raised brought him over $23,000 total raised, with $21,000 on hand.

The most interesting candidate in the race, in terms of the general audience media: Reverend Kim Daniels, who had help from Councilman Reggie Brown and Congresswoman Brown with a petition drive a few weeks back. Daniels has yet to raise money through February.

Congresswoman Brown lent Jean-Bart support earlier in the campaign, functioning in this race like Mitt Romney in the latest round of GOP Presidential Primaries.

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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 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

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