Jessica Ehrlich, challenger to Bill Young, raises $100K during first month on campaign trail

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Jessica Ehrlich, candidate for Florida’s new 13th Congressional District, today announced that she raised more than $100,000 in the first month of her campaign.

Ehrlich, a Saint Petersburg native and attorney, announced her campaign for Congress on February 27th. In the first month of her campaign, she was also placed “On the List” by EMILY’s List and endorsed by the New Democrat Coalition.

Commenting on her success, Jessica Ehrlich said, “I am overwhelmed and energized by the outpouring of support from Floridians who are desperate for a Representative determined to end the gridlock and infighting that have prevented Congress from achieving real progress on critical issues like strengthening the middle class, our economy, and protecting Social Security and Medicare. Pinellas County deserves news ideas and fresh thinking committed to building a brighter future for our residents. In Congress, I will always be an advocate for our hardworking families and seniors.”

This may not be a huge Patrick Murphy-esque fundraising number, nor is it anywhere near enough to pick off Bill Young (who I’m told raised just over $200,000 for the quarter), but this figure, I predict, will tower over that posted by Ehrlich’s opponent in the Democratic primary, Nina Hayden.

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