Connect with us
Jimmy Peluso is the second Democrat in the race to replace Jim Love.

Jax

Democrats close cash gap in Jacksonville City Council District 14 race

The money race in Jacksonville City Council District 14, a Westside district running from Riverside to the Naval Air Station, got more competitive in December.

Republican Randy DeFoor, an executive with Fidelity and the Mayor’s candidate, maintains her lead.

But two Democrats made up some ground as 2018 ended.

DeFoor raised just $1,450 in December between her campaign account and that of her political committee. Nonetheless, she has north of $150,000 cash on hand, and has been sending out mailers and even knocking on some doors.

Whereas many of the so-called “machine candidates” have lapped opponents in fundraising many times over, DeFoor is different. Two qualified Democrats in the race also have put in the fundraising work, giving every indication this contest is poised for a runoff in May.

Democrat Sunny Gettinger, an executive with Google Fiber, raised $6,895 in December, pushing her cash on hand to $105,000. Name donors include Walt Bussells.

Gettinger’s signs can be seen throughout Riverside and Avondale, patches of orange contrasting the brown leaves on the ground.

Democrat Jimmy Peluso, who is betting that being a Navy vet resonates with voters farther south on Roosevelt Boulevard, neared $40,000 cash on hand as 2018 closed.

Name donors for Peluso: former U.S. Rep. Jason Altmire and a political committee associated with Sen. Gary Farmer.

Peluso worked on Farmer’s last campaign.

Conversa_728x90

The first election is in March. If no one wins with a majority, the top two candidates (regardless of party) move on to a May runoff in the general election.

Other major party candidates (Democrat Lagaralle Bates and Republican Henry Mooneyhan) remain in the field along with these three, though they haven’t qualified.

As well, Earl Testy is running as a write-in. He has qualified.

Written By

A.G. Gancarski has been a working journalist for over two decades. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at a.g.gancarski@gmail.com.

Sign up for Sunburn

Receive our team's agenda-setting morning read of what's hot in Florida politics. Delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday.

Florida Politics is a statewide, new media platform covering campaigns, elections, government, policy, and lobbying in Florida. This platform and all of its content are owned by Extensive Enterprises Media.

Publisher: Peter Schorsch

Contributors & reporters: Phil Ammann, Jim Rosica, A.G. Gancarski, Joe Henderson, Janelle Irwin, Dan McAuliffe, Jacob Ogles, Scott Powers, Bob Sparks, Andrew Wilson.
Email: Peter@FloridaPolitics.com
Phone: (727) 642-3162
Address: 204 37th Avenue North #182
St. Petersburg, Florida 33704

Connect
Sign up for Sunburn

Receive our team's agenda-setting morning read of what's hot in Florida politics. Delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday.