A Florida House district race in Sebring has quickly turned into an expensive contest.
In June, land-use attorney Kaylee Tuck reported $43,375 in contributions, as well as a $5,000 candidate loan. Meanwhile, citrus grower Ned Hancock posted $20,575 in the same month. For both Republican candidates, June marked the first reporting period raising money.
The 25-year-old Tuck now holds the financial advantage in the race.
Her contributions include money from some high-profile Republicans who already announced their support, developer Pat Neal and former U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney.
There’s also a number of significant donations from agriculture players in the region, including $1,000 checks from Greenfield Bamboo in Wachula, Citrus Solutions in Zolfo Springs and Southern Citrus Industries in Dundee.
J.L. Nunn Enterprises, a Lake Placid pharmaceuticals company, also chipped in, as did Natural Ag Solutions, a manufacturing company in Sebring.
She also tapped into political committee donations, with contributions reported by the Jack Latvala-affiliated committees Twenty First Century Florida and the Chris Latvala-led Suncoast Better Government.
Of course, Hancock tapped plenty of sources in the agriculture world as well.
Fellow citrus professionals like John Barben and Charles Hansen donated to his campaign.
Poachers Hammock and Dixie Belle Groves in Sebring both donated $1,000 a piece to his campaign.
McKenna Harvesting in Lake Wales also donated $1,000, as did affiliated company McKenna Brothers. That was in addition to another $1,000 donation from owner Marty McKenna.
In the political arena, political consultant Martin Fiorentino, of Ponte Vedra Beach, dropped $1,000 into Hancock’s campaign, as did The Fiorentino Group. Neptune Beach political consultant John Delaney also donated.
Tony Munnings Sr., Democratic state committeeman for Highlands County, filed in May but reported no fundraising activity through June.
Candidates are running to succeed Rep. Cary Pigman, a Sebring Republican who can’t seek reelection thanks to term limits.