Lindsay Cross raises $21K in May for HD 60 bid

The St. Petersburg Democrat faces Audrey Henson, who recently dropped her congressional campaign.

Democratic candidate Lindsay Cross collected over $21,000 in May for her run to succeed Rep. Ben Diamond in House District 60.

Cross, who works as an environmental scientist, raised $21,322 last month between her campaign and affiliated political committee, Moving Pinellas Forward. Since entering the race, her campaign has raised $160,904, and her affiliated political committee has collected $11,850, in addition to $16,951 rolled over from a previous Senate run in 2018.

The St. Petersburg Democrat faces Pinellas businesswoman Audrey Henson, who recently dropped her congressional campaign to instead run for HD 60. In switching her candidacy, Henson brings along what remains in her congressional war chest. As of the end of March, Henson had $212,687 cash on hand in her congressional campaign account, according to the most recent data available from the Federal Election Commission.

Because Henson entered the HD 60 race on June 1, her relevant financial reports will not be due until June 24.

As for Cross, her campaign reported 83 contributors in May, including eight $1,000 donations from donors such as Corcoran Partners, a Tallahassee lobbying firm, and the affiliated Michael Corcoran.

Her political committee, which raised $850 last month, saw three donors, including a $500 drop from the Florida Podiatry Political Committee.

As far as spending, Cross’ campaign dished out $2,020 last month on an assortment of items, including printing, consulting services and media expenses. Her political committee spent just under $5 for processing fees.

Cross will start June off with $157,049 cash on hand.

A third candidate, Republican Jarib Figueredo, did not report any fundraising or spending this period. To date, he has raised $204 since entering the race in March.

The district is analogous to one held now by Rep. Ben Diamond, a St. Petersburg Democrat who also recently exited the CD 13 contest. Diamond has endorsed Cross as his preferred successor.

Despite a potentially hefty war chest from her congressional campaign, Henson may face an uphill battle as a Republican trying to flip the district red. About 54.92% of voters in the newly drawn district voted for President Joe Biden in the 2020 Presidential Election, while just 43.51% supported Donald Trump.

Kelly Hayes

Kelly Hayes studied journalism and political science at the University of Florida. Kelly was born and raised in Tampa Bay. A recent graduate, she enjoys government and legal reporting. She has experience covering the Florida Legislature as well as local government, and is a proud Alligator alum. You can reach Kelly at [email protected]


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