Stanley Campbell trumpets endorsements for underdog Senate campaign
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Stanley Campbell.
Will this backing help him be competitive in August?

While much of the noise around the Senate race in Florida assumes former Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell is the presumptive Democratic nominee, another candidate is showing strength with a slate of endorsements.

Stanley Campbell of Palm City is countering his better-known opponent with “endorsements from a coalition of influential elected leaders from across the state” that demonstrate the candidate’s “deep-rooted connection to these communities and his commitment to represent the interests and aspirations of all residents at the national level.”

Campbell’s endorsements include regionally prominent names from throughout the state, with most of them concentrated in Broward County. These include Mayor Wayne Messam, Mayor Sam Borgelin, Vice Mayors Darrell Lewis-Ricketts and Mark Spence, City and County Commissioners Vice Mayor Alexandra Davis, Maxwell Chambers, Dr. Katrina Touchstone, Joy Smith, Anthony Caggiano, Hazelle Rodgers, Jacqueline Guzman, Mark Douglas, Sarai Rae Martin, former Rep. Gwendolyn Clarke-Reed, Mayor Dale Holness, former Commissioners Richard Campbell, Vice Mayor Mike Gelin, Edward Phillips, and Anthony Sanders.

From Palm Beach County, Council members Douglas Lawson and Katrina Long Robinson, School Board member Edwin Ferguson and former Commissioner Richard Ryles endorsed.

Also on board: Victoria and Gary Siplin of Orlando, along with former Senator Tony Hill, Councilman Reggie Gaffney, Jr. and former Councilmen Dr. Johnny and Reggie Gaffney of Jacksonville.

Hill made the case in a quote provided by Campbell’s campaign.

“”I support Campbell because in Duval, we’re overlooked by the Party. His military background, work with NASA as a FAMU student, and his innovative efforts to stop $150 million in Medicare fraud penalties daily highlight his commitment to this state and our communities. As someone who has lived in six different parts of the state, he speaks directly to our communities, embodying the leadership we need to uplift our own.”

“We’re not running the typical political campaign that’s about dialing for dollars first and talking to voters last. We spent the last quarter of 2023 laser focused on touring the state and talking directly with diverse groups of constituents about the issues that matter most to them. We then used the first quarter of 2024 to include in-depth conversations with their elected leaders about proposed solutions. We are building momentum from the ground up and community by community because the only folks I will be beholden to are the residents of this great state,” Campbell said.

Campbell’s campaign is largely self-financed at this point, according to its Federal Elections Commission report that covers activity through the end of March. He has a little more than $771,000 available, while he loaned his campaign $1 million, and has gotten roughly $50,000 in external contributions as of the end of Q1.

Though Mucarsel-Powell’s Q1 numbers aren’t in, federal records show she closed 2023 with more than $1.5 million cash on hand, suggesting that Campbell may need more funds to compete.

A.G. Gancarski

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


  • MH/Duuuval

    April 13, 2024 at 6:29 pm

    Mr. Campbell loaned himself $1 million?!?!? Exciting start, but does he have a resume?l

    This is the kind of competition that the Ds have lacked too often. Have at it!

    • Tom Rodgers

      April 14, 2024 at 2:25 pm

      Please look him up. He is impressive.

  • Pat & Sara Kilker

    April 14, 2024 at 7:11 pm

    We are impressed with Mr. Campbell’s résumé. As a former Navy pilot, with experience in rocket science, cyber security, and business, Campbell is well equipped to go toe to toe with Rick Scott. Scott took the 5th Amendment 75 times, and his company paid a then record $1.7 billion in fines to settle a Medicare fraud case. As Seniors, we are concerned about Rick Scott’s plan to dismantle Social Security, and believe that Campbell is the best choice to protect it, for seniors, in Florida.

    • MH/Duuuval

      April 14, 2024 at 8:47 pm

      Every bit of what you write about Rick Scott is true. I hope the two D candidates can articulate their respective positions without getting down into the mud MAGA-style.

  • Nathanael and Rosy Mejia

    April 14, 2024 at 9:09 pm

    We find Mr. Campbell to be an honest person , a person who compromises with social justice . We will definitely vote for someone who cares about people.

  • Andy

    April 15, 2024 at 7:14 am

    Anyone but the hand picked candidate by the party bosses , 36 percent of the dem party are African Americans, he can win if he can get his name out there. You see the poll on DMP , no one in the state knows who she is.
    We are in April and not one commercial have I seen or anything that tells us what her plans are.
    Rick Scott sucks pond water is not a winning message!

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