Vance Aloupis has $200K banked for HD 115 bid


The leading Republican running to replace termed-out Rep. Michael Bileca in HD 115 hit the $200,000 mark in cash on hand last month, according to new campaign finance reports.

Vance Aloupis added $27,678 to his campaign account last month and spent just $1,360, putting his fundraising total at 220,312 and his cash on hand just $42 shy of $200K.

“I continue to be humbled by the outpouring of support for our campaign. With contributions from more than 640 individual donors, the endorsement of incumbent Rep. Michael Bileca, and the continued dialogue with residents about the future of our community, our campaign is in a very strong position moving forward,” Aloupis said in a press release.

Aloupis, the CEO of The Children’s Movement of Florida, faces Carlos Gobel, Rhonda Rebman-Lopez and Carmen Sotomayor in the Republican Primary.

Rebman-Lopez has a firm grip on the second place spot in fundraising with $94,229 raised, including $44,025 in loans. She has $89,570 of that money on hand. Gobel and Sotomayor are a distant No. 3 and No. 4, respectively.

Gobel added $2,251 in November for $7,901 raised to date with just under $7,000 in the bank. Sotomayor, the first-in candidate, has raised $615 over 11 months and has $34 in her campaign account.

Also running are Democrats Jeffrey Solomon and James Linwood Schulman. Solomon leads his primary opponent with $10,734 on hand compared to $3,924 for Schulman.

HD 115 covers an inland strip of Miami-Dade County, including parts of Pinecrest, South Miami and Palmetto Bay.

The majority Hispanic district has a Republican lean, and Bileca has had no trouble holding on to the seat against Democratic challengers, winning his most recent re-election campaign with about 54 percent of the vote.

Drew Wilson

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.


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