Amanda Murphy holding Tampa fundraiser for SD 16 bid Thursday
The return of Amanda Murphy.

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Former Democratic Rep. Amanda Murphy is heading to Tampa Thursday night for a fundraising reception benefiting her run for Pasco and Pinellas-based Senate District 16.

The event will be held at Mise en Place, 442 W Kennedy Blvd. #110, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The invite lists a suggested minimum contribution of $100, though notes that any donation is welcome.

Included on the host committee are former CFO Alex Sink, former Education Commissioner and former USF President Betty Castor, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, former Congressman and 2006 Democratic nominee for Governor Jim Davis and former state Rep. Ed Narain, among others.

Supporters looking to attend the event can send an RSVP to note [email protected] or call 727-835-8517.

Murphy, a New Port Richey Democrat, served in the Florida House from 2013 through 2016, when she lost by just a handful of votes despite Donald Trump carrying her district decisively.

In 2018, she is running against former Republican Rep. Ed Hooper of Clearwater for SD 16, which covers northern Pinellas and southwestern Pasco counties.

Though she hasn’t put much of a dent in Hooper’s massive fundraising lead thus far, most polling of the matchup has shown a tight race with her on top despite big spending by Hooper’s campaign.

At the beginning of August, an SEA Polling & Strategic Design survey found Murphy up 2 points, 41-39 percent. That edge falls within the margin of error

As the poll noted at the time: “Amanda Murphy holds a two-point lead despite significant spending on Hooper’s behalf throughout July and early August. Two public polls conducted by St. Pete Polls showed Murphy leading or in a dead heat with Hooper which set off fire alarms in the Senate Majority office and likely led to Hooper’s midsummer panic spending.”

The head-to-head between Murphy and Hooper is Nov. 6.

Murphy’s invitation is below.

Amanda Murphy fundraiser invite

Last updated on August 29, 2018

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.


One comment

  • Judy Spangler

    August 29, 2018 at 10:18 am

    Hopefully Florida voters will choose ethics and competence over the dark money and complete CORRUPTION in the current GOP administration and elect more Democrats. It is really sad when that whole bunch in DC have to use their big donors dollars simply to pay their ((mounting) legal bills, instead of using them to put forward good ideas and policies that will actually help the middle class. And Ron DeSantis & Rick Scott, if elected , will simply be another rubber stamp for the MOST CORRUPT administration in American history. I have never seen another campaign/ administration with more idictments/ guilty pleas and counting…Enough already. Never again can the GOP call themselves the Party of Family Values…nope…they’re now officially the Party of Greed and Corruption .#VoteForEthics
    #VoteForMorals #VoteBlue

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