Ryan Yadav loans keep HD 30 money race competitive with Bob Cortes
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Winter Park Democratic lawyer Ryan Yadav‘s loans to his own campaign are keeping his House District 30 race against incumbent Republican state Rep. Bob Cortes the only competitive house race in Seminole County-based districts, at least as far as money is concerned.

Cortes, seeking a second term, raised $12,680 in April, one of the biggest gains of any Central Florida House of Representatives candidate. Yet while Yadav raised only $350 in campaign contributions during the month, Yadav’s own $5,000 check has kept him not far behind Cortes. At the end of the month, Cortes had $104,581 in the bank, while Yadav posted $89,697 in cash.

So far Yadav has lent his campaign $75,000.

In Seminole County, that’s the only apparent contest.

In House District 28, Republican state Rep. Jason Brodeur of Sanford raised $12,160 in April and finished the month with $129,056 in the bank. His three opponents, Democrat Julia Coakley of Winter Springs, Libertarian Franklin Perez of Oviedo and independent Steven Edmunds of Oviedo, combined to raise $300 in April and finished the month with less than $1,000 between them.

In House District 29, Republican state Rep. Scott Plakon of Longwood didn’t raise any money in April, but, but then, for all practical purposes, neither did his opponent, Democrat Fred Marra of Lake Mary. Marra raised $50 and finished the month with $19 in the bank. Plakon has $49,751.

In House District 31, state Rep. Jennifer Sullivan of Mount Dora is running unopposed, but has $33,434 in the bank just in case.

Scott Powers

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