Attorney Bibiana Potestad added more than $18,000 during January as she competes for the Republican nomination in House District 105.
Potestad courted several maxed-out $1,000 donations from various law firms including Mertz Law Group and Uriarte Law. She’s now pulled in nearly $125,000 in the contest, with nearly $100,000 of that still on hand.
Borrero led Potestad by a slim $200 in December fundraising to top the HD 105 field. But he fell to fourth in January, collecting just over $2,700.
Potestad and Borrero are battling Pedro Barrios for the Republican nod. Barrios has been slow to raise money so far, adding $0 in January and less than $2,800 overall.
Borrero trailed a pair of Democratic candidates in the money race during January. Former HD 105 candidate Javier Estevez and immigration attorney Maureen Porras came in second and third, respectively, behind Potestad.
Estevez — who lost the HD 105 seat in 2018 by just 417 votes — added nearly $4,500 in the month of January. But he’s collected less than $17,000 in more than a year of raising money to try again in the district.
Porras trailed Estevez during the month, pulling in just $3,600. But she’s added nearly $15,000 in just three months. That’s approaching Estevez’ totals already.
Still, Potestad remains well ahead in cash on hand. Borrero has just over $75,000 remaining, while Estevez holds about $15,000 and Porras retains more than $11,000.
Potestad is a former aide to Miami-Dade County Commissioner Juan Zapata. Earlier this month, she qualified for the HD 105 ballot via petition signatures.
HD 105 covers parts of Miami-Dade, Broward and Collier counties. Rep. Ana Maria Rodriguez currently holds the seat but is pursuing a promotion to the Senate by running in the District 39 contest.
Candidates and political committees faced a Monday deadline to report all financial activity through Jan. 31.