Travis Hutson self-funds $90K ahead of competitive SD 7 Primary
Travis Hutson has a Primary and is spending his own cash.

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Opponent Gerry James has under $1k on hand.

Sen. Travis Hutson is spending his own money in the final stretch of the GOP Primary in Senate District 7.

Hutson, facing his first Primary battle since the one he won when the seat was open in 2015, loaned his campaign account $90,000 in the week ending Aug. 5.

This was the first money Hutson personally put into this campaign, and it was a necessary move given $114,911 of spending in the same week, with television and mail buys making up most of that spend.

Hutson’s campaign account has just $12,400 on hand, but given his family wealth, another big personal loan or two certainly could be budgeted.

There was no activity during the same week for Hutson’s two primary political committees, First Coast Business Foundation and Sunshine State Conservatives. Each of those accounts has under $20,000 on hand.

Ponte Vedra’s Gerry James is running against Hutson. James, a political newcomer, sees Hutson as a “RINO.” A pro wrestler and pro footballer during the 20th century, he also has done some professional golfing.

He also has run his campaign on a shoestring budget, and the week ending Aug. 5 exemplified that. James raised $3,250, spent $3,348, and ended the week with under $900 cash on hand.

Much of the spending during the week appeared to be for incidentals, including a trip to a Jacksonville Arby’s outside the district for a $13.10 lunch on August 1. He followed that up with a $49.45 spend at another Jacksonville restaurant, Bento Asian Kitchen, the same day. He also gave Moms for Liberty $100 from his campaign account.

Hutson has sailed to victory, garnering over 60% of the vote in his General Elections, a function of representing a safe Republican district. Former President Donald Trump defeated Joe Biden by roughly 20 points in the district in 2020.

The district includes territory in St. Johns, Flagler and Volusia counties.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


8 comments

  • Tom Palmer

    August 13, 2022 at 6:17 pm

    Where are his developer buddies? This is the guy who tried to abolish soil and water conservation districts because someone somewhere was for conservation. He deserves to be removed from office.

  • Joe Corsin

    August 13, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    “RINO” = much less of a neo nazi terrorist supporter. Gerry James is an anti-government terrorist supporter… Trumpian mad man… saboteur of government.

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  • Joseph Ryan

    August 14, 2022 at 12:13 am

    90k is a drop in the bucket for Travis Hutson. The seat made Travis Hutson a multimillionaire and his father’s development company Hutson Companies is now a multi-multi millionaire business. Every year Travis Hutson tries to get funding from the State of Florida and St Johns County to build roads inside the Hutson companies Silverleaf development. His position as senator got the governor to appoint a family friend Sarah Arnold to the St John’s County commission, Arnold’s first act as a commissioner was to make a motion to hugely expand the already huge Silverleaf Development DRI.
    The Hutson’s will spend whatever it takes to keep Travis in power because it pays. Just this year Hutson got 8 million to extend SilverLeaf’s main road ,CR2209, that opens up more land for the Hutson’s to develop.
    We the people of St John’s County are tired of the over-development. However, what we really are tired of is being forced to pay for it with our taxes. What is going on in our county stinks to high heaven. That is why Gerry James, who is not corrupt, will win. He will win despite all the lies and money that his opponents throw at him.

    • Joe Corsin

      August 14, 2022 at 5:17 pm

      Well vote blue for Christ sakes!!! Gerry James is pro terrorist… Trump flag waver. The other dude just another rich hog. You can’t win with the GOP…

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