After earning $54,000 in August, Broward State Attorney candidate Joshua Rydell says he has hauled in another $43,000 in September.
Rydell, a Coconut Creek Commissioner and former Mayor, announced his campaign on Aug. 2 and has since accumulated more than $97,000 in that effort.
“I’m so proud of the campaign we’re building all across this county and grateful to everyone who believes in our message of positive change,” Rydell said in a statement on the fundraising numbers.
“Together, we can and will reform the criminal justice system to ensure equal justice for all, reduce the overall rates of recidivism and crime, and do more to keep everyone in our community safe. We owe it to ourselves, our neighbors, and our children to deliver on these promises and build a legal system which is fair, just and equitable.”
A $5,000 self-loan helped add to his August numbers. But Rydell’s campaign says no loan was included in that September haul.
Rydell is among several candidates looking to replace Broward County State Attorney Michael Satz, who has served in that role for more than four decades.
Satz announced his decision to forgo a reelection bid back in June. He says he wants to focus on prosecuting the case against Nikolas Cruz, who is facing charges in the 2018 Stoneman Douglas shooting that left 17 people dead.
Included in the eight-person field to replace Satz are Assistant State Attorney David Cannady, defense lawyer Joe Kimok and former Assistant State Attorney Harold Pryor.
But Rydell has already racked up an impressive list of endorsements.
State lawmakers such as Sen. Kevin Rader and Reps. Kristin Jacobs, Michael Gottlieb and Dan Daley have endorsed his campaign. Broward County Mayor Mark Bogen and County Commissioner Steve Geller are also backing Rydell, as are Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis and Vice Mayor Ben Sorensen.