State Rep. Matt Caldwell, the Republican nominee for Agriculture Commissioner, will feed and be feted by a collection of Clay County Republicans Friday morning.
Caldwell, a Republican from Fort Myers, will address the group at Orange Park’s “Grumpy’s Restaurant” at 8 a.m.
A list of Republican notables will be on hand, including Clay County Commissioners Mike Cella, Gayward Hendry, and Gavin Rollins.
Caldwell is in what appears, at least in polling, to be a close race with Democrat Nikki Fried.
Recent polling shows Fried up two points on Caldwell (inside the margin of error); however, there is evidence that Caldwell (or forces aligned with him) are testing messaging in the Jacksonville market.
— David Cawton (@Davidcawton) September 27, 2018
Cawton covers government for the Jacksonville Daily Record.
Caldwell has challenged Fried to a “contest of ideas” in debates; however, as often seems to happen, the candidates can’t seem to agree on debate moderators or scheduling.
Though Fried held a cash on hand lead soon after the primary, the money edge proved ephemeral.
Caldwell’s coffers brim with new lucre (over a million dollars since the primary), and Fried’s fundraising has stalled.