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Andrew Korge kicks off state Senate campaign with pol-studded fundraiser

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In what is shaping up to be an expensive battle to succeed former Senate President Gwen Margolis in District 35, Andrew Korge starts his campaign with a fundraiser with an impressive roster of supporters filled with major Democratic contributors and elected officials from all over Miami-Dade.

Former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, Cutler Bay Mayor Peggy Bell, South Miami Mayor Phillip Stoddard and Palm Beach State Attorney Dave Aronberg are among the 25 current and former electeds on the host committee, which is still in formation.

A copy of the invitation can be found here.

Hard and soft money combined, he aims to raise $100,000 from the event. That figure would double what Richardson has raised during the same period of his declared 2016 candidacy.

“People are excited about the movement we’re building,” Korge told SaintPetersBlog on Friday. “Whether it’s preparing South Florida for sea level rise or common sense stances on social issues, we need new leadership to fully bring Florida into the 21st century.”

Though he says he is pleased with the significant level of support he has received already, Korge added that he expects “there’s more on the way.”

Korge and Rep. David Richardson have been engaged in something of a standoff involving District 35. While both claim some level of support on the part of Margolis, many saw Richardson’s recent move to file paperwork for the seat in 2016 as disrespectful to the Dean of the Senate.

Korge’s campaign account is currently opened for the seat in 2020, but should Margolis pivot after Session and decide to retire, he would be well-positioned to pursue the seat.

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Ryan Ray writes about campaigns and public policy in Tampa Bay and across the state. A contributor to FloridaPolitics.com and before that, The Florida Squeeze, he covers the Legislature as a member of the Florida Capitol Press Corps and has worked as a staffer on several campaigns. He can be reached at ryan@floridapolitics.com.

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