Bill Nelson campaigning in Tampa Bay Saturday

Bill Nelson

Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson will be in the Tampa Bay area tomorrow for a “canvass kick-off” event with the local troupe of volunteers backing his re-election campaign.

The third-term Senator will be alongside Gulfport Mayor Sam Henderson and St. Petersburg state Sen. Darryl Rouson for the 2 pm “Nelson’s Neighbors” event at Greenway/Childs Park on 49th Street South and Tangerine Avenue.

After that event wraps, Nelson will make his way back across the bay to attend a reception in Lutz hosted by the Pasco County Democratic Party. He’s slated to speak to volunteers and supporters during the event, scheduled for 6:30 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn, 2155 Northpoint Parkway.

Supporters will need a ticket to make it into the fundraiser. The price tag is $26 a person, or $10 with a student ID.

Nelson is in the midst of his toughest re-election battle yet. He faces Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who has already dumped millions into early campaign ad blitz.

Nelson’s media presence started rolling out last week with an ad buy from Senate Majority PAC, though reports indicate his  campaign will stay mostly dark until the fall.

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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