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Tim Canova raises $32K out of the gate in CD 23 race

Tim Canova, who announced less than three weeks ago that he will challenge Debbie Wasserman Schultz again in Florida’s 23rd Congressional District CD 23, raised nearly $32,000 in June.

Over the weekend, Canova’s campaign announced that he had raised $31,928 from 1,323 small contributions, with an average donation of just $24.

Canova announced that he would run against Debbie Wasserman on June 15.

“We are encouraged that so many of our grassroots supporters are stepping up to make donations in such a short period of time. It’s an indication that progressives are ready to fight back against the corporate machine and career politicians who have lost touch with working folks,” said Canova.

Canova has pledged not to take any money from PACS or corporate interests in his second bid to unseat Wasserman Schultz who, he says, “has been swimming  in big corporate money for most of her political career.”

Wasserman Schultz defeated Canova by 14 percentage points in the CD 23 primary last August, the first serious challenge that she faced since being elected to the Broward/Miami-Dade County congressional seat back in 2004.

Although the race wasn’t close, Canova became a vehicle for Democrats nationally who were disenchanted by Wasserman Schultz’s leadership as chair of the Democratic National Committee, and he raised millions from donors all across the country.

Less than a month after his loss to DWS, Canova announced he would stay involved in Florida politics by creating a public advocacy group called Progress For All, which raised more than $100,000 from over 6,000 donations in 2017.

“It’s like our campaign never ended,” Canova said. “We never stopped working for the people of this district. Through Progress For All, we have remained active on the issues that matter in Florida and across our country.”


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Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served five years as political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. Mitch also was assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley and is a San Francisco native who has lived in Tampa since 2000. Mitch can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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