Sens. Joe Negron, Jeff Brandes each take in $30K for re-election effort

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Faced with re-election challenges, Republican state Sens. Joe Negron and Jeff Brandes each took in more than $30,000 in campaign cash between July 5 and July 18, according to newly filed financial reports.

Negron, chair of the powerful Senate Appropriations committee, raised $33,385 during the two-week period, for an overall campaign total to $656,424 for his re-election effort in Senate District 32. At the same time, Negron spent $227,900, including $184,275 in advertising with Maryland-based Mentzer Media Services, records show.

Brandon Cannon, Negron’s Republican Aug. 26 primary opponent, raised an overall total of $15,516 through July 18 and loaned his campaign $49,158.

Brandes, the St. Petersburg Republican, raised $30,250 from July 5 to July 18, for an overall total of $477,586 in the Senate District 22 race.

Judithanne McLauchlan, Brandes’ Democratic opponent, raised $10,675 in the two-week reporting period, giving her campaign a total of $144,326.

Other Democratic candidates include Sen. Oscar Braynon, who collected $29,980 for his Senate District 36 re-election bid, with an overall total of $165,711. As of July 18, Braynon’s Democratic primary opponent, Anis “Auguste” Blemur, raised $10,600, while also loaning $55,810 to the campaign.

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