Frontrunners in Jacksonville area State House races maintain positions as July ends

money-rain’s weekly look at State House campaign fundraising in the Jacksonville area races for the state Legislature reveals more spending than donor outreach.


House District 11: Sheri TreadwellCord Byrd, and Donnie Horner are all pretty close in cash-on-hand at this point.

Treadwell, the leading fundraiser in this race, has just over $46,000 on hand, with $5,005 raised during the last full week of July, and over $13,000 spent (most of that on mailers via Front Line Strategies).

Horner filed a W for the same week, meaning there was no financial activity for his campaign, which now has just over $33,000 on hand.

Byrd, after raising $3,600 in the last week of July, has $30,000 on hand.


House District 12

Clay Yarborough still leads the field with $70,000 on hand, after raising $921 in the last full week of July and spending $11,932.

Terrance Freeman raised $2,850 in the same period, with contributions from Nancy ChartrandMartin Stein, and Gate Petroleum. Despite that establishment support, he has just over $15,000 on hand.

Mark MacLean continues a quixotic campaign. He raised nothing in the period, has raised $675 since the beginning of June, and has just under $14,000 on hand, and that’s only because he loaned his own campaign money early on.

Stan Jordan has just under $12,000 on hand, with his contributor base being max donations from every Beach Diner in existence, as well as RV trade associations. Jordan has yet to spend significant money after getting into the race in late June.

Don Redman raised $500, and now has around $7,000 on hand, after the last full week in July.


House District 13

Democratic incumbent Reggie Fullwood has just over $13,000 on hand, as the cavalry is taking its time to show up to rescue him. He raised just $2,350 in the last week of July, as his Democratic colleagues in Tallahassee aren’t rushing to front him money to get back to the state Capitol. The Fiorentino Group maxed out for Fullwood in the period.

Democratic challenger Tracie Davis has just over $16,400 on hand, with $500 from the First Coast Manufacturers Association being the most interesting donation from the last week of July.

Lee Brown raised $100 in the period, giving him over $3,000 on hand, most from a loan; J.R. Gaillot raised $20. Gaillot likewise is mostly self-financed, and has less than $1,000 on hand. Both are “forum and Facebook” candidacies at this point.

On the GOP side, Pastor Mark Griffin raised just $276, but he has over $25,000 on hand. Jacksonville City Councilman Aaron Bowman gave Griffin $150, which could be a sign of meaningful support from the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce in the general election, as Bowman is VP of business development at JAXUSA, an arm of the Chamber.

Griffin’s primary opponent, Keith Walters, raised $150 in the last week of July, with under $5,000 on hand.


House District 14

After the Showdown in Sherwood Forest between the teams of Leslie Jean-Bart and Kim Daniels, a discussion of campaign finance seems anticlimactic, yet this is the business we have chosen.

Jean-Bart now has over $50,000 on hand, after raising $4,365 in the last week of July, Multiple donations from the greyhound racing sector boosted Jean-Bart, who may need to double down on her yard sign budget after Saturday’s debacle.

Daniels recorded no new contributions or personal loans in the last week of July, and has roughly $48,500 on hand after a $1,998 spend.

Terry Fields raised $900 in the period, with First Coast Manufacturers Association (of which former Duval County GOP party chair and current congressional candidate Lake Ray is president) backing Fields with an endorsement and $500.

Fields has roughly $29,000 on hand. He’s better off than Don Gaffney, the former city councilman and state legislator who has $2,200 on hand after a $1,000 week at the end of July.


House District 16 

We reported on this last week.

In the last week of July, Dick Kravitz brought in $2,000 but spent close to $8,000, leaving him just over $71,000 on hand. An interesting Kravitz donor: the First Coast Manufacturers Association.

Jason Fischer had a quiet week of fundraising, bringing in $2,303. He has over $91,000 on hand in hard money.

Fischer’s political committee, “Conservative Solutions for Jacksonville,” spent $9,300 on advertising, and has just under $13,000 on hand.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


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