Florida Democratic Party gives Reggie Fullwood $10K for HD 13 primary

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Former state Rep. Reggie Fullwood received some help from the Florida Democratic Party this month, with $10,000 to help the Jacksonville Democrat win a special election to retake his House seat, according to new campaign-finance reports.

From Nov. 1-14, Fullwood raised $25,500, for an overall total of $51,400. Contributions included $10,000 from the state party on Nov. 10.

Fullwood faces a Dec. 16 primary challenge from Democrat Johnny Gaffney, a Jacksonville City Council member. During the same reporting period, Gaffney raised $2,950, for a total of $33,865. The primary winner takes on Republican Lawrence Jefferson in the special general election set for Feb. 17. Jefferson took in $50 during Nov. 1-17, giving him a total of $2,200 overall.

Fullwood was unopposed when he planned to run for another term in November, but a pair of paperwork errors prevented him for qualifying, forcing a special election.

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