HD 6 Melissa Hagan bounces back in March fundraising

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Melissa Hagan bounced back from a slow start to 2014 by posting $9,755 in March in the race for House District 6, according to recent filings with the state Division of Elections.  

Hagan is in a GOP primary battle with Panama City business executive Jay Trumbull to replace term-limited Rep. Jimmy Patronis. 

Trumbull  had significant momentum going into the first months of 2014, but dropped more than two-thirds from February’s $34,150 take. With $10,100, Trumbull edged out Hagan in the March reporting period by about $345. As of March 31, he now has a total $113,610, with $95,149 cash on hand.

After her stronger performance last month, Hagan’s total now bumps up to $33,145; and with the $20,500 in loans from 2013, has about $44,868 cash on hand.  

Four other Republicans are vying for the HD 6 seat, with former School Board member and anti-Common Core activist Thelma Rohan gaining some traction by posting $6,065 last month for a total of $21,020. Adding $22,246 in loans (including $5,000 in March), Rohan is now sitting on about $32,500 cash on hand.

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