Campaign finance reports from Senate District 1 special election

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State Senate District 1 Democratic candidate Audrey Gibson on Friday reported that she raised $60,267 for the latest reporting period, which ended Friday, reports the News Service of Florida. That brings Gibson’s total contributions to $84,809 for the special election to replace Sen. Tony Hill, D-Jacksonville. Gibson outraised her opponent, Terry Fields, for the latest period. Both Democrats are former state representatives from Jacksonville. Fields, who raised $22,430 for the reporting period, remains the fundraising leader, having amassed $123,915 since opening his campaign account in 2008. The two are running for the seat vacated by Hill, who quit the Legislature to work with new Jacksonville mayor, Alvin Brown. The primary, which is effect the general election in the Democratic-dominated district, is Sept. 20. The winner of the primary faces only write-in candidates.

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