Sarasota Naval reservist Fiona McFarland raised another $25,000 in January in her effort to flip House District 72 red again. The strong showing puts her firmly ahead of her opponents in fundraising.
“I could not be more grateful for the support this community has offered me, my family and this campaign,” McFarland said.
“Our mission is far from complete but I am more confident than ever that our message of civility and results-driven leadership is resonating with the people of Sarasota.”
That means she’s raised a total of $192,012, combining contributions, a $20,000 candidate loan and some $5,349 in in-kind donations.
That doesn’t include $10,500 raised through the McFarland-affiliated political committee Friends of Sarasota.
But Good, a prolific fundraiser, elected to run for Congress this year against U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan. Good did raise $49,608 before announcing her federal run, and that can’t transfer over. Good says she’s committed to running for U.S. House.
Of course, McFarland isn’t the only Republican looking to bring the seat back into GOP control. She faces two primary opponents first.
Sarasota County Charter Review Board member Donna Barcomb, who in 2019 raised $78,440, on top of a $9,000 loan and $2,978 in in-kind donations. That’s a total of $90,418 raised before the start of the year.
Sarasota attorney Jason Miller also jumped into the race in November after running in 2018 and losing to former Rep. Ray Pilon in the primary. Through the end of 2019, he raised $5,919 in contributions and loaned his campaign $3,500, while getting $110 in in-kind help. That’s $9,529 total.
McFarland has also released a video ad for her campaign stressing her military service.