Rick Roth posts a personal best for December donations as he seeks a fourth House term

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The agricultural business owner could see his district lines changed dramatically. in the coming election cycle.

Republican Rep. Rick Roth in December posted his best fundraising performance this cycle — adding $21,650 to his campaign for a fourth term in the Legislature, currently in House District 85.

Between his campaign account and his political committee, Palm Beach Prosperity Fund, Roth has $44,861 to spend should a challenger emerge. It’s likely the agricultural owner’s district boundaries could be shifting and changing number, according to redistricting maps now under consideration, however.

One map shows him in House District 87, which extends north to the Martin County Line. Another shows him in House District 88, which extends north to Lake Park.

For now, though, no challenger has emerged in his current district, which encompasses more of the western part of the county and extends to the Martin County line. His current district draws in parts of Juno, Jupiter, North Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens and West Palm Beach.

In the last month, his personal campaign received support from the energy and fuel industry, agricultural interests and business PACs.

Agriculture was the largest single sector supporting Roth, with individuals or companies in the industry donating a total of $5,000 to Roth’s campaign, including $1,000 checks from Philip Tiedtke of Winter Park, Wedgworth Farms of Belle Glade, Bedner Growers of West Palm Beach and Star Farms of Belle Glade.

Others donating $1,000 checks were Linda Stoch, a Palm Beach Gardens retiree; Florida Bankers Association PAC of Tallahassee; Florida Natural Gas of Tallahassee; Duke Energy of Washington; Palm Beach Kennel Club of West Palm Beach; the Seminole Tribe of Florida in Hollywood; Hedrick Brothers Construction of West Palm Beach; and the Business Political Action Committee of West Palm Beach.

Roth’s political committee received $2,000 in donations in December. FPF Fire PC, based in Tallahassee, gave Roth’s committee $1,000 as did Firefighter Fact PAC, based in West Palm Beach.

His campaign faced a deadline this week to report all financial activity through Dec. 31.

He said a Jan. 5 fundraiser also brought in more donations.

Lawmakers are barred from accepting donations while the Legislature is in Session, as it will be until March 11.

Anne Geggis

Anne Geggis is a South Florida journalist who began her career in Vermont and has worked at the Sun-Sentinel, the Daytona Beach News-Journal and the Gainesville Sun covering government issues, health and education. She was a member of the Sun-Sentinel team that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Parkland high school shooting. You can reach her on Twitter @AnneBoca or by emailing [email protected].


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