Matt Carlucci’s fundraising shows he’s a serious candidate headed into 2019
Matt Carlucci leads the filed candidates in fundraising.

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Welcome back to politics, Matt Carlucci. If people weren’t taking your 2019 run for Jacksonville City Council At Large Seat 4 seriously, they are now.

Carlucci, the recent former head of the Florida Ethics Commission, paced the field of 2019 hopefuls with a blockbuster June, bringing in $60,000 in his first month in the field.

Among the interesting donors: the current occupant of the seat, Greg Anderson, whose $500 check leaves it no secret as to who the former Jacksonville City Council President wants to succeed him.

Another former Council President, Kevin Hyde, donated $1,000 to Team Carlucci — as did Wayne Weaver and Delores Barr Weaver.

Also ponying up from the other side of the aisle: former Alvin Brown Chief of Staff Chris Hand; the Jacksonville Democrat, currently working to make Gwen Graham Governor next year, waded in with $250 of support for Carlucci, a Republican who nonetheless endorsed Brown over Lenny Curry for Mayor in 2015.


Carlucci’s June is the biggest single month of anyone in Jacksonville races in the 2019 cycle, and immediately makes him the second most prodigious fundraiser locally.

The top man: Ron Salem, a Republican running to replace termed-out John Crescimbeni in AL-2.

Salem’s fundraising waned in June — just clearing the $3,000 mark — but he still has $95,000 on hand with no opponent filed for the citywide race.

Among Salem’s June benefactors: the aforementioned Kevin Hyde, along with former Clerk of Courts Henry Cook.


Beyond Salem and Carlucci, there was little action on the money side for other 2019 candidates; only Marc McCullough in District 7 has more than $1,000 banked.

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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