Former state Rep. Jason Brodeur has piled up loads of cash for his Senate bid, and he’s looking to add some more next week.
The Sanford Republican is holding a fundraiser dinner Wednesday. The invitation lists Zander Clem, Tiffany Faddis, Todd Copeland and Rich Newsome as event chairs.
Brodeur, who served in the House from 2010 through 2018, is running for Senate District 9. The seat is currently held by Republican Sen. David Simmons, who cannot run for re-election due to term limits.
The seat is potentially competitive, but Brodeur has mounted a strong campaign in the early phase of the race, making the seat a hard sell to potential Democratic challengers.
One candidate, Justin Miller, has already called it quits, citing Brodeur’s fundraising prowess.
Brodeur has also piled up plenty of endorsements, including nods from incoming Senate President Wilton Simpson, Attorney General Ashley Moody and local law enforcement leaders. He also recently earned the support of Longwood Mayor and former pro wrestler Matt Morgan.
SD 9 covers all of Seminole County as well as a small piece of Volusia.
As of July 31, Brodeur had raised $453,502 in hard money and another $1.7 million via his political committee, Friends of Jason Brodeur.
The only other candidate in the race is Democrat Rick Ashby, an Oviedo-based engineer, who has just $326 in his campaign account.
The fundraiser invitation is below.