Richard DeNapoli posts $33K in two-month campaign for HD 74

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 Richard DeNapoli announced today that he filed fundraising numbers of $33,000 collected since August in his bid for the Sarasota House District 74 seat.

DeNapoli is running for the seat that covers most of South Sarasota County, including Osprey, Nokomis, Venice and parts of North Port and Englewood. Currently, term-limited Republican Rep. Doug Holder holds the seat.

Adding the $150,000 DeNapoli personally gave his campaign, the Republican from Nokomis will have a two-month fundraising total of over $183,000. His GOP rival, Julio Gonzales, collected $36,191 during the third quarter reporting period, according to the Division of Elections for a total of $76,200 since November 2012.

In addition to strong fundraising numbers, Richard DeNapoli has also lined up a series of respected GOP endorsements, including State Reps. Ray Pilon, Dane Eagle and George Moraitis. The former chair of the Broward Republican Party also earned the support of former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux, former State Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, and Charter Review Board Member, John J.Fellin.

“Response to my campaign from across the State is overwhelmingly encouraging,” DeNapoli said in a statement. “From endorsements to donations, the hunger for a consistent conservative who has been dedicated to growing our party is showing itself daily. It is the firm belief in a better future for my 14-month-old son, and all the children of Florida that also led me to invest, personally, in my campaign. As a financial and estate planner, I plan a brighter future for Floridians every day.”

DeNapoli began his political career in the Broward Republican Party as Treasurer in 2010 and elected chair in December 2012. In addition, Richard has actively championed Republican candidates in both New York and Florida.

As Chair of the Broward Republican Executive Committee, DeNapoli, a Florida native, has developed a reputation as a strong GOP fundraiser. He received high marks from conservatives as “textbook case” for organizational success in one of the largest counties in the state, boosting party development, reaching out to constituents and supporting local candidates.

DeNapoli graduated from the University of Miami School of Law, Fordham Law School, and New York University. He previously served as Commissioner to the Florida Real Estate Commission, and from 2010-2011, was elected Chair of the Florida Real Estate Commission. 

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