Jay Trumbull widens HD 6 lead with another $23,950 in April

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Business executive Jay Trumbull raised $23,950 in April, widening his money lead in a crowded field competing for State House District 6.

The Panama City Republican has a total of $137,560, with $106,349 cash-on-hand. Trumbull has so far outperformed all nine other candidates looking to replace term-limited Rep. Jimmy Patronis in the district covering southern Bay County and Panama City, Panama City Beach and Tyndall Air Force Base.

A relative newcomer to the race, Trumbull has quickly overtaken his active GOP opponents — Mark Anderson, Norman Ray Bishop, Melissa Hagan and Thelma Rohan — many of whom he could face in the August 26 GOP primary.

District 6 Democratic candidates are Jamie Carroll Shepard, Ryan Jack Singleton and Jerry Wyche. Neither Shepard nor Singleton posted any donations for last month. Wyche failed to file by the midnight deadline.

Henry Newman Lawrence III is running for the Green Party. He raised $125 in April, with $15 cash-on-hand.

As for the remaining GOP field, Hagan took in $6,000 last month, for $39,145 so far and $50,581 in her war chest. Rohan raised $4,240, for $25,260 total and Bishop raised $700.

Trumbull is in the bottled water and water conditioning industry, with a family business going back several generations. They own seven Culligan dealerships in Florida, Alabama and Georgia. Trumbull is a graduate of Bay High School and Auburn University, and is married to Brittany Fishel.

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