Randolph Bracy picks up $107K for race in tightening CD 10

Randolph Bracy
Maxwell Frost topped Bracy in 3rd quarter; Terence Gray came close.

Democratic Sen. Randolph Bracy‘s congressional campaign raised $107,000 in the third quarter of 2021 as a crowded field appeared to tighten around the presumed front-runner in Florida’s 10th Congressional District.

Bracy’s third-quarter campaign cash haul was only second-best among Democrats — and barely. What’s more, neither of the two Democrats expected to give him a run for the money — former State Attorney Aramis Ayala and Civil Rights lawyer Natalie Jackson — were the ones pushing him, according to the latest quarterly federal campaign finance reports through Sept. 30.

Generation-Z progressive activist Maxwell Alejandro Frost walked away with the third quarter, raising $169,000 through a CD 10 Democratic primary campaign that included high-profile community appearances and sophisticated internet grassroots fundraising. Frost’s haul topped even Bracy’s kickoff effort, when he raise $165,000 in the second quarter of 2021.

Right behind Bracy, the Rev. Terence Gray, senior pastor at St. Mark AME Church in Orlando, raised $103,000 in the third quarter.

Ayala raised $46,000 in July, August, and September. Jackson raised about $20,000.

The only Republican fundraising in CD 10 — which has a strong Democratic voter base — was done by Orlando nonprofit executive and youth programs organizer Willie Montague, who picked up about $22,000 in the latest Federal Election Commission reporting period.

The CD 10 seat is opening because Democratic U.S. Rep. Val Demings is running for the U.S. Senate, rather than for a fourth term. CD 10 covers western Orange County, though is likely to be redrawn through the redistricting underway in the Florida Legislature.

Frost’s campaign celebrated his emergence as a strong contender, someone who outraised all other candidates in the CD 10, including Bracy, through July, August, and September. Frost did not enter the campaign until mid-August.

Frost’s campaign said he built his war chest in part by attending numerous rallies and events throughout the district, including a large abortion rights rally two weeks ago and the Orlando Pride parade. The campaign also ran an aggressive online effort, largely through ActBlue.

As of Oct. 1, Bracy was sitting on $241,000 in campaign cash. Among other Democrats, Frost had about $130,000 in the bank; Gray, $82,000; Ayala, $47,000; Jackson, $30,000; Orlando teacher Teresa Tachon, $5,000; and Jack Achenbach, about $700.

Montague was the only Republican to report any financial activity. His campaign had about $7,000 on hand on Oct. 1.

Another filed Democratic candidate, three other Republicans, and an independent candidate did not report any financial activity in the third quarter.

Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected].


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