Andrew Learned raises $21,000 in first month of HD 59 bid

Democrat Andrew Learned
Learned spent most of his first month overseas.

Andrew Learned raised nearly $21,000 in his first month as a candidate for the House of Representatives, he announced Tuesday.

Learned is running for House District 59 to replace Rep. Adam Hattersley who is running for Congress. 

Three other candidates in the race have not announced August fundraising totals and numbers are not yet available in Florida Division of Elections public data, but Learned’s earnings are significant. He spent most of August overseas serving in the military and was unable to actively fundraise during that time. 

Learned is a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve. He was in Tajikistan as a representative of the U.S. Special Forces Command Central’s reserve unit during much of August. 

Learned had been running for Congress in an attempt to oust U.S. Rep. Ross Spano before swapping races with Hattersley at the end of July.  

Learned has served 10-years in the Navy and has deployed to the Middle East three times during his career.

House District 59 is one of the tightest races for Florida Democrats in 2020. The Democratic House Victory committee lists it as one of their priority races for the cycle.

Hattersley picked up the historically conservative seat for Democrats in 2018 after Spano, who previously represented the district, left to successfully run for Congress. 

Learned ran in the Democratic primary in Spano’s Congressional District 15 last year. He raised $336,000 in that campaign.

Learned is one of two Democrats filed for the House District 59 race. The other Democrat, Mark Stephan Oliver, filed Sept. 6 and has only just begun to raise funds. 

Two Republicans are running including Michael Owen and Melissa Haskins. As of the end of July, Owen raised nearly $50,000 while Haskins had raised less than $9,000.

House District 59 represents east Hillsborough County including Brandon, Bloomingdale, Riverview, Valrico and Progress Village. It’s not the only Tampa Bay area district where a Democrat who picked up a seat in 2018 is leaving to run for Congress.

Margaret Good is leaving House District 72 in Sarasota to run in Vern Buchanan‘s congressional district. 

Janelle Irwin Taylor

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  • Tom

    September 11, 2019 at 8:46 am

    Never meet a candidate so obsessed with himself like Andrew. Andrew joined the service just because he liked the way he looked in uniform.

    If you’re looking for a self obsessed white male that loves to fuck people over, then this is your guy!

  • Hilley

    September 11, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    Please go away Andrew.

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