Ramon Alexander tops $150K in HD 8 fundraising, looks to take momentum into summer

Taniyah & Ramon's Engagement Session

Ramon Alexander continues to lead the way in the House District 8 Democratic primary to replace term-limited Rep. Alan Williams.

The nonprofit leader and former Florida A&M University student body president raised $3,120 during May fundraising, according to recently released campaign finance data. The modest haul takes him to about $155,000 raised overall.

For the first time during the 2016 cycle, state worker Dianne Williams-Cox slightly out-raised Alexander, bringing in $4,580 last month. But she also spent more than she took in (about $4,900) and has virtually no cash on hand. Combined with a $6,000 personal loan she made to her campaign in February, Williams-Cox has raised some $38,000 and spent $35,000.

Former aide to the Tallahassee mayor’s office Brad Johnson raised $1,400 while spending $3,700, for a total of $35,000 raised overall through June 1.

Meanwhile, Gretna City Commissioner Clarence Jackson also continued his exorbitant burn rate, raising $700 and spending $1,600. He has raised about $25,000 overall.

Alexander has also cemented his position as the clear favorite in HD 8 by way support from leading local and state Democratic constituencies, as well as institutional players like Disney-related companies and insurance interests.

No-party candidate Richard Allen Burns is also running for the seat, though he has so far reported raising zero campaign contributions or expenditures.

HD 8 takes in all of Gadsden County – the state’s only majority-minority county –  and the southern half of Tallahassee, including the state Capitol.

The district’s next representative is all but certain to be decided in the Democratic primary next August. The liberal-leaning district gave more than 70 percent of its votes to President Barack Obama in 2012.

Ryan Ray

Ryan Ray covers politics and public policy in North Florida and across the state. He has also worked as a legislative researcher and political campaign staffer. He can be reached at [email protected].

One comment

  • Robert Williams

    June 16, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Comparing apples to apples Williams Cox and Alexander in Florida District #8 fundraising is neck and neck for two cycles …Williams has received approximate 5000 plus votes before Alexander none…

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