Just before the end of candidate qualifying, incumbent state Rep. Kim Daniels drew a primary challenge for her House District 14 seat from Duval County School Board chair Paula Wright.
Daniels, a first-term lawmaker from Jacksonville, answered the challenge with her best fundraising of the cycle in the two weeks between June 22 and July 6: $26,412, bringing her up to $47,227 raised with almost $28,000 of that on hand.
Daniels garnered her haul from an atypical donor base for a Democratic candidate.
Private prison mega-corporation The Geo Group and U.S. Sugar gave $1,000, as did First Coast Conservatives, the political committee of state Rep. Travis Cummings.
Also ponying up: friendly Republican donors, such as Peter Rummell and charter school impresario Gary Chartrand (along with Charter Schools USA).
Wright, is far behind in fundraising, after a very disappointing two-week period. She raised just $3,501, with donors including a school board colleague (Rebecca Couch) and the Duval Teachers Tiger Cope Fund.
Some Duval Democrats made a lot of noise about wanting a primary challenger to Daniels. However, institutional money and Republican money might make that outcry the epitome of “sound and fury, signifying nothing.”