Looking to return to Tallahassee next year in a Senate seat, former Rep. Ed Hooper, a Clearwater Republican, raised $51,400 in August, according to a newly filed finance report.
Hooper, who served in the House from 2006 to 2014, is running in Senate District 16, which includes parts of Pinellas and Pasco counties. Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Latvala of Clearwater, cannot run again in the district because of term limits and is running for governor. Hooper had raised an overall total of $143,458 as of Aug. 31 and had about $127,000 in cash on hand, the new report shows.
The only other candidate in the race, Dunedin Democrat Bernie Fensterwald, raised $1,100 in August, bringing his overall total to $2,300.
State candidates and political committees faced a Monday deadline for filing reports showing finance activity through Aug. 31.
Among other Senate candidates with large cash hauls during the month, Senate Majority Leader Wilton Simpson of Trilby raised $35,350 for his campaign account and had about $293,000 on hand. Simpson is expected to become Senate president in 2020.
Republished with permission of the News Service of Florida.