Daniel Davis raises another $167K ahead of expected Jacksonville mayoral bid

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The 2023 race for Jacksonville Mayor maintained a familiar trajectory in April.

The 2023 race for Jacksonville Mayor maintained its familiar trajectory in April, with a prospective candidate outraising the two declared candidates.

Former state Rep. Daniel Davis, who currently leads the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, continues to raise large amounts of money for his political committee, Building a Better Economy.

Davis told Florida Politics last week the committee was “over $2 million in four months,” and that indeed is the case, with $167,515 raised in April. The donations last month came predominately from local contributors, including donations from real estate interests and individual firefighters.

April was the slowest month of the four since Davis reactivated his committee at the first of the year, but even at that, he still built his lead over the two filed candidates.

Jacksonville City Council member Matt Carlucci raised $31,150 for his campaign account last April, according to the Duval County Supervisor of Elections. All told, Carlucci has raised approximately $217,000 after fourth months as a candidate, although each month has seen him raise less than the previous.

Carlucci is also raising money via a political committee called Next Generation Jax. The committee, in its third month of activity, likewise continues to see diminishing returns from contributions, with April’s $39,000 a far cry from the committee’s $400,750 debut. A $20,000 check from Farah and Farah, Jacksonville trial lawyers, made up more than half of the total funds raised.

The Next Generation Jax account has roughly $485,000 on hand, leaving Carlucci with $700,000 cash-on-hand.

This puts him well ahead of the only other filed candidate in the field, as Council colleague Al Ferraro continues to underperform. Ferraro raised less than $10,000 in April, putting him at less than $35,000 raised to-date.

Carlucci, Davis, and Ferraro are all registered Republicans. And they may not be the only ones in the race by the end. Insiders suspect another Republican on the Council is strongly considering a run.

Duval County, however, is plurality Democrat, which raises the question of when or if a high-profile Democratic candidate could get in the race.

Jacksonville’s First Election for Mayor is in March 2023, a blanket Primary that includes Republicans, Democrats, and third party candidates and registrants. If no candidate clears the 50% plus one vote threshold, the top two candidates, regardless of party registration, move on to a May General Election.

All registered voters in Duval County can vote in both elections.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


3 comments

  • John

    May 5, 2021 at 11:25 am

    campaign finance would stop the crazy amounts spent on all campaigns. Candidates for all offices spent way too much time looking for $ and making promises to the big donors. Individuals to any campaign should be limited to $50. No corporate donations of any kind should be legal. These two simple things would fix every level of government and allow the good candidates to have a chance against the bought and paid for candidates.

    • Paul

      May 11, 2021 at 8:05 am

      That may help, certainly more equitable but we know there are many ways to distribute funds if needed. We all know corporations are not people and look what our elected officials decided to favor.

  • Johny Rebel

    May 12, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    Davis and Carlucci want the school names changed. Remember that come election time all of you Southerners.

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