Jeff Brandes now at $303K for SD 22 race, Judith McLauchlan ‘more than any Dem challenger’

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State Sen. Jeff Brandes delivered a solid fundraising run for the end of 2013, by adding more than $41,000 in December to his Senate District 22 re-election effort, according to numbers released today.

The St. Petersburg Republican, who recently scored a legislative win with his Florida private flood insurance marketplace bill, collected $41,300 last month — $38,800 cash and $2,500 in-kind – for an overall total of $302,817.

In contrast, Democratic opponent Judithanne McLauchlan collected $7,373 during the same period, with another $1,034 in-kind, for a total of $20,627.  

Although Brandes holds a distinct advantage over McLauchlan in the financial competition for SD 22, the University of South Florida professor began 2014 with “exciting news” for supporters.

In an email sent out Thursday, McLauchlan proclaims her $20,000 performance “more than any Democratic Challenger for the Florida State Senate,” and that she has garnered support of nearly every elected Democrat in the area — state, local and federal.

“This campaign continues to be about our families and the communities where we live,” she adds. “It is about the future of Florida. I’m focusing on the important issues facing our region and our state — jobs, education, transportation, and access to affordable health care.”                

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