Daniel Davis stretches cash lead in Jacksonville mayoral race
Daniel Davis, president of JAX Chamber, isn't slowing down in 2023 fundraising. Image via Florida Politics.

LeAnna Cumber, Donna Deegan and others have ground to make up.

Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce CEO Daniel Davis expanded his fundraising advantage last month in the 2023 mayoral race.

The bulk of Davis’ October fundraising went to his campaign account. He raised $134,450 in hard money, pushing the account over $450,000 raised after two months’ activity, leaving more than $405,000 on hand.

He added another $37,500 to his Building a Better Economy political committee between the dates of Oct. 22 and Nov. 3. Developers LLB Management donated $20,000 of that, and a political committee largely funded by development interests, the Northeast Florida Committee for Economic Growth, donated $10,000. Davis’ committee has more than $4.15 million on hand.

The former Republican legislator and City Council member had the financial edge in the race long before he entered. But close behind in terms of aggregate fundraising is City Council member LeAnna Gutierrez Cumber.

Cumber has raised more than $435,000 in hard money, with more than $320,000 on hand. She raised $18,750 to her campaign account in October, the lowest monthly total of the campaign for her. Among the donors: Karen Bowling and David DeCamp, both alumni of the Alvin Brown administration. Former Jacksonville City Councilman Scott Wilson also donated, as did the Wild and Wonderful PAC, which is associated with U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia.

Cumber also has roughly $2.5 million in her JAX First political committee as of Nov. 3.

The leading Democratic fundraiser in the field is former television journalist Donna Deegan, who consistently polls atop the nine-candidate field despite being at a cash disadvantage against Davis and Cumber. She raised $25,777 in hard money in October, with the Nikki Fried-associated Won’t Back Down political committee and Ruth’s List Florida among the donors. She has nearly $260,000 on hand.

Deegan’s Donna for Duval political committee has nearly $330,000 on hand as well.

Two notable names, one Republican and one Democrat, make up the next fundraising tier.

Republican City Council member Al Ferraro has roughly $68,000 on hand in hard money, and an additional $182,000 in his Keep It Real Jax political committee.

Democratic state Sen. Audrey Gibson likewise is behind the pack as of October’s end. Gibson has less than $14,000 in her campaign account and roughly $98,000 in her political committee, A Rising Tide.

Candidates Omega AllenFrankie KeaslerDarcy Richardson and Theresa Ann Richardson lag far behind. Allen has under $2,000 on hand, Keasler has roughly $80, and Darcy Richardson has $17.76 reported thus far. Theresa Ann Richardson has yet to report any fundraising at all.

Qualifying for this race isn’t until January, and the final field will participate in a March election pitting all candidates against each other. The top two finishers, regardless of party identification, will move on to a May election, unless one candidate gets a simple majority in March.

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

One comment

  • No to Davis

    November 11, 2022 at 10:24 am

    Daniel Davis can all the money at Ft. Know and he still will not win. The people do not like him. Blacks do not like him and White Southerners do not like him. He is a puppet of the establishment. He wants to destroy history. Keep dreaming puppet, you will not win. I would vote for Deegan before I voted for you and I am a Conservative. Rino’s are the worst!!!!

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