Except for HD 15, slow September House fundraising in NE Florida


September’s Hurricane Irma soaked Northeast Florida — and put a damper on state House race fundraising as well.

Though the usual caveats apply here (mostly incumbents in safely-drawn seats), there wasn’t a lot of action in September fundraising.

The exception: a big-money race in House District 15, where Republican Wyman Duggan brought in $10,650, and Democrat Tracye Polson cleared $51,000.

Expect things to pick up outside of HD 15. this month, but below is the current lay of the land (spoiler: it looks much like last month).

House District 11 Republican Rep. Cord Byrd raised $400 in September, against $2,549 spent, bringing his total cash on hand to just under $16,000. Byrd faces neither primary nor general election opposition.

Jacksonville Republican state Rep. Clay Yarborough continued his consistent fundraising in his HD 12 re-election bid in September. The $7,500 he brought in last month pushed Yarborough up to $63,675 raised — with almost $53,000 of that on hand. His political committee has another $6,000 in the bank. 

Tim Yost, a Democrat running against Yarborough in the heavily Republican district, has $1,700 on hand.

HD 13 Democratic incumbent Tracie Davis had yet to file her campaign finance reports for September as of Tuesday morning.

Davis’ fellow Democrat, Kim Daniels, raised $1,000 for her HD 14 re-election bid — giving her $2,100 on hand.

House District 15 sees a competitive race to replace Jay Fant, who is running for Attorney General. Republican hopeful Wyman Duggan raised $10,650 in September while spending $4,770; he has roughly $60,000 on hand after two months in the race.

Meanwhile … lots of under-capitalized Democrats run for office in Northeast Florida. And then there’s House District 15 Democrat Tracye Polson.

The first-time Jacksonville candidate stormed out to a huge first month in the race, raising $51,099 in September, with over $47,000 of that cash on hand, according to a press release from her campaign Monday.

In HD 16, $4,000 of new September money brought Rep. Jason Fischer over $55,000 cash on hand in his campaign account. Fischer’s campaign committee has an additional $27,000. Fischer faces no ballot opposition.

In House District 17, St. Johns County Republican Cyndi Stevenson is running unopposed; in September, she raised $3,603 and spent $1,052; all told, she has just over $44,000 on hand.

House District 18’s incumbent Republican, Travis Cummings, added $2,500 to his coffers in September; the Clay County Republican has roughly $52,000 on hand.

HD 19’s incumbent Republican, Palatka’s Bobby Payne, raised $2,500 in September, pushing him over $28,000 on hand. Primary opponent Boyce Royal had $500 on hand as of the end of August — September tallies were not filed at press time. The same held true for Libertarian hopeful Ryan Ramsey.

A.G. Gancarski

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


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