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Jason Shoaf dominates money chase in House District 7

Shoaf received contributions during the period from major players in the Capitol.

Port St. Joe Republican Jason Shoaf collected $37,775 from April 5 through May 9, dominating the race for cash in a House special election, according to a newly filed finance report.

Shoaf’s Democratic opponent in House District 7, Ryan Terrell of Tallahassee, raised $663 during the period.

Shoaf and Terrell are running in a June 18 special election to replace former Rep. Halsey Beshears, a Monticello Republican who was appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis as Secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

District 7 is a sprawling, largely rural district made up of Calhoun, Franklin, Gulf, Jefferson, Lafayette, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, Wakulla and part of Leon counties.

Shoaf received contributions during the period from major players in the Capitol, including TECO Energy; the Florida Police Benevolent Association; a Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association PAC; a Florida Insurance Council PAC; and a Florida Chamber of Commerce PAC.

Also on June 18, Dade City Republican Randy Maggard and Wesley Chapel Democrat Kelly Smith will square off in a special election to replace former Rep. Danny Burgess, a Zephyrhills Republican, in Pasco County’s House District 38.

Burgess left the seat to become Executive Director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Maggard raised $13,800 from April 5 through May 9, while Smith raised $13,168.

The totals for all four candidates reflect contributions to their campaign accounts and do not include money that might go to related political committees.

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