Randy DeFoor’s September surge paces Jax Council candidate fundraising
Randy DeFoor filed for her candidacy two years ago, with insider backing. Now she has gone her own way.


In September, Jacksonville City Council candidate Randy DeFoor launched her 2019 campaign.

Shortly thereafter, DeFoor, a Republican running to replace termed-out Jim Love in District 14. rolled out an all-star roster for a fundraiser.

In October, we have an idea of what that fundraiser did; predictably, it brought in big money — $51,850 to be exact.

Among those who wrote checks: At-Large Councilman Greg Anderson, Duval County Tax Collector Michael CorriganKaren BowlingSusie Wiles and a panoply of local movers and shakers.

DeFoor’s political committee (“Safe and Prosperous Jacksonville”) also raked in $25,000 via the politically-connected Summit Contracting, whose Marc and Nicole Padgett are not afraid to cut a check.

DeFoor’s big haul was the highlight of Council fundraising at the time of this writing on Tuesday morning.


Two Republican fundraising stalwarts — Ron Salem (running to replace John Crescimbeni in At-Large 2) and Matt Carlucci (running to replace Greg Anderson in At-Large 4) — had slower months than normal.

Salem brought in $2,590 — his most modest total since entering the race, and his fourth straight month under $3,500. The biggest name on his donor list: former State Attorney Angela Corey.

Salem has an opponent — former district councilman and mayoral candidate Bill Bishop. Bishop has yet to start fundraising, while Salem has $103,000 on hand.

Carlucci has no opponent yet and almost $140,000 on hand, but like Salem, his fundraising hit a relative lull in September (Carlucci is an insurance agent, and Irma drove claims locally).

Carlucci, a former head of the Florida Ethics Commission, brought in $14,425 — the weakest of his four months as an active candidate. Among the donations: $1,000 from Aaron Bean‘s “Florida Conservative Alliance” political committee.


Other filed candidates have yet to get fundraising traction thus far, and are below $2,000 cash on hand.

Two recent entries to watch in October: the aforementioned Bill Bishop, and current District 7  Councilman Reggie Gaffney, who launched his re-election campaign late in September.

Gaffney has $1,000 banked, all of it from one check from his Council assistant.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


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