Ruskin Democrat Phil Hornback is holding a fundraising reception Thursday evening to kickstart his campaign for Hillsborough County’s House District 58.
The event will run from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Keel & Curley Winery, 5210 Thonotosassa Rd., in Plant City. The suggested contribution $25, and attendees can expect some entertainment from The Hummingbirds.
Though Hornback filed for HD 58 back in May, he hasn’t made much headway on the fundraising trail. It seems that could change in the near future, however, given some of the names on his fundraiser’s host committee — former CFO Alex Sink, Democratic Attorney General nominee Sean Shaw, state Sen. Daryl Rouson and Hillsborough County Commissioner Pat Kemp are among the many names on the invite.
Supporters looking more information on the event or to RSVP can send a message to campaign manager Jason Marlow via firstname.lastname@example.org or call 561-459-9368.
Hornback is a former middle school science teacher, football coach and real estate broker. Prior to entering the race for the northeastern Hillsborough County district, he was a candidate for Florida’s 15th Congressional District.
HD 58 is currently held by Republican Rep. Lawrence McClure, who won the seat in a special election late last year. Prior to McClure, the seat was held by former Republican Rep. Dan Raulerson who resigned the office due to health issues.
As of Aug. 23, Hornback had raised about $7,000 for his campaign and kicked in another $6,000 in candidate loans though he had little cash on hand. McClure, meanwhile, has raised close to $52,000 with $36,600 in the bank.
HD 58 includes Plant City, Temple Terrace, Dover, Mango, Seffner, Thonotosassa, and parts of Tampa and East Lake-Orient Park. The seat has a Republican advantage — it voted plus-10 for Donald Trump two years ago.
The fundraiser invitation is below.