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Webster Barnaby increases cash lead in HD 27 race

Barnaby, Benfield and Denizac seek David Santiago’s House seat.

Republican Webster Barnaby raised more than $11,000 in April for his campaign for the seat opening up Florida’s House District 27, increasing his cash lead over two other Republicans vying for the position.

Newly posted reports with the Florida Division of Elections show Barnaby, a former Deltona City Commissioner, brought in $11,185 in April and has collected $35,035 over three months. His campaign still has almost all of that in the bank on May 1.

He and fellow Republicans Erika Benfield of DeBary and Zenaida Denizac want to succeed term-limited Republican state Rep. David Santiago of Deltona in the southwestern Volusia County district. While Barnaby has topped fundraising for the trio in each month, they all are running credible campaigns that have brought in four-figures in contributions every month.

No Democrats have entered the race yet.

Benfield, DeBary Vice Mayor, picked up $7,500 in April, giving her $20,680 in three months. She still has about $20,000 of that in the bank.

Denizac, another former Deltona City Commissioner, reported raising $1,425 in April and has brought in $7,875 in two months of campaigning. She still has almost all of that in the bank.

“Our hopeful, conservative message continues to resonate across District 27,” Barnaby stated in a news release issued by his campaign. “I’m grateful for the growing momentum we continue to enjoy, and I look forward to continuing to share our vision for a stronger economy and protecting our constitutional rights with voters across the district. It’s clear folks are hungry for strong leadership, and I’m confident that’s what I’ll provide in Tallahassee.”

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Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at

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