Republican state Rep. Jason Brodeur still has three years before the 2020 election he’s shooting for, but the Sanford Republican has some money in the bank and he’s been spending money lately to get his messages out, much of it in the form of public service text messages following Hurricane Irma.
Brodeur, who’s aiming to succeed Republican state Sen. Dave Simmons after the 2020 election, reported raising $1,000 and spending nearly $19,000, mostly on messaging, in the latest campaign finance reports posted on the Florida Division of Elections website.
He has raised more than $160,000 so far, including in-kind contributions, and has spent more than $67,000, leaving him with about $92,000.
The biggest expenditure in the latest report, through the end of September, was $15,000 to a New Jersey company, which allowed him to send — via texts to cell phones — public service updates on power and hurricane response information to 66,000 people of Seminole County following Hurricane Irma, which knocked out more than half the county’s power on Sept. 10-11.
His Democratic opponent, Frederick James Ashby II of Oviedo, reported raising $80 in September and spending $322. Ashby primed his campaign with an $1,100 personal loan in July. With that, he has raised $1,525 and spent $1,240, principally on yard signs.