Aaron Bean holds big cash lead in contested Senate re-election bid

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In Northeast Florida’s Senate District 4, incumbent Aaron Bean continued to hold a commanding lead over three opponents as of June 22, the most recent reportage date for state candidates.

The first three weeks of June, however, saw slow fundraising for Bean, who raised nothing for his political committee (Florida Conservative Alliance) and $4,500 in hard money, including maximum $1,000 contributions from Friends of Dana Young and Gray Robinson.

Between the two accounts, Bean has roughly $160,000 on hand.

Bean will face a primary challenge, via Carlos Slay, a candidate widely seen as being backed by Bean’s political rival, former Rep. Janet Adkins.

Slay has not raised any money, and paid his filing fee via a personal loan.

The winner of the Bean/Slay clash will face two general election opponents, Democrat Billie Bussard and Libertarian Joanna Tavares.

Bussard has $4,500 on hand, having raised money between June 5 and June 22.

Tavares has less than $40 on hand after having paid her filing fee.

Last updated on July 2, 2018

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


One comment

  • Ben Martin

    July 2, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    Internet communication options can offset campaign funding. Libertarian candidates by and large are more dialed into how banks and other special interest groups have gained government influence. Government influence is how you get bank bailouts and 5300 Wells Fargo employees fired for creating a million or more false accounts with no criminal prosecutions it seems. Voting for a candidate who receives massive campaign donations from special interest groups would seem counter productive when it comes to the overall good of the American public. The Law ( or lack of the enforcement of the law) should not be used to enrich one group of citizens over another.

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