Melissa Nelson still leading money chase in 4th Circuit State Attorney race

Wes White, Melissa Nelson, Angela Corey

With the Aug. 30 primary approaching in northeast Florida’s 4th Circuit race for state attorney, the financial reports still tell the same story: Melissa Nelson has more resources at her disposal than incumbent Angela Corey and challenger Wes White combined.

In hard money, Nelson has raised nearly $400,000, with another $642,800 in her “First Coast Values” political committee. She brought in $19,304 in the week between July 30 and Aug. 5 in hard money.

A notable donor: Sandy D’Alemberte, the former president of the American Bar Association and of Florida State University.

In total, Corey has raised $470,730: $373,440 in hard money, and $97,350 in her “Citizens for Justice” committee.

Corey’s committee brought in a $25,000 donation during that period from Petway Real Estate. The Petways, one of the leading families in northeast Florida donor circles, have the resources to re-up on that commitment at will if they desire.

Nelson has been spending more aggressively, yet has a total cash-on-hand advantage of $95,363, with $86,904 of that on the political committee side.

The third candidate in the race, Wes White, has $1,468 on-hand, and another $5,060 in a supportive political committee, “Vets and Families for Truth.”

Last updated on August 15, 2016

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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