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Florida Democratic Party chair chips in $100K during Q1 of 2017

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The Florida Democratic Party got a $100,000 boost from their new chair last month according to new finance documents filed with the Florida Division of Elections. Stephen Bittel has been in place as the Democratic Party chair since January, when the Miami-Dade Democrat won a five-way race for the position with 55 percent of the vote. Bittel’s $100,000 infusion was the largest single contribution the party took in for the month, which saw it bring in a little over $840,000.…

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Edward James cracks $300K in HD 72 campaign, Alex Miller brings in $28K for May

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Democrat Edward James surpassed the $300,000 mark during May fundraising in his campaign for House District 72, newly released campaign finance data shows. James brought in $4,190 through his campaign account and $23,500 through an affiliated political committee, for a total of $305,328 raised overall since he joined the HD 72 race in June of 2015. Of that, some $263,000 remain on hand for the first-time candidate. Republican Alex Miller, meanwhile brought in $28,907 last month, bring her total fundraising to $89,782. $50,000 of…

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Edward James qualifies by petition in HD 72

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Democrat Edward James is now the first candidate in House District 72 officially on the ballot. The first-time candidate surpassed the threshold of 1,140 verified signatures on Monday. James is locked in a competitive three-way race to succeed Republican Rep. Ray Pilon, who bowed out of a reelection race earlier this year to pursue a Senate seat vacated by GOP Sen. Nancy Detert, who is running for a Sarasota County Commission seat. Medical industry executive Alex Miller and veteran TV reporter John Hill have both emerged as challengers to…

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Dozens of candidates have raised $100,000 or more for their House races

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The end of the 2016 legislative session last month can only mean one thing — election season is coming. Campaign finance reports were due to the state on Monday. The March fundraising reports show that more than two dozen candidates for the Florida House have more than $100,000 in cash on hand, and several candidates raised upwards of $200,000 since getting in the race. The fundraising totals were compiled by On 3 Public Relations. House District 52 — Republican Brian Hodgers…

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Bob Graham to endorse Edward James in HD 72 race

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Former Governor and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham will endorse Democratic HD 72 candidate Edward James on a conference call with reporters Thursday morning. James hopes the endorsement of perhaps Florida’s best-loved living pol will give his campaign a boost. “Governor Bob Graham has long been one of my heroes. He exemplifies what it truly means to be a public servant. His commitment to our great state in Tallahassee and Washington DC was never about politics, but always about doing the right thing,” James…

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Ray Pilon jumps into Senate race; Edward James now unopposed in HD 72

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A pair of Sarasota legislative races saw major changes over the weekend. Rep. Ray Pilon decided to forgo a 2016 re-election bid for a fourth term in the House in favor of a Senate campaign, leaving his Democratic opponent Edward James running unopposed in a coastal swing seat. Pilon said Tuesday his decision came from the resolution of Senate maps and local considerations. Sarasota Republican Party chair Joe Gruters declared publicly last year Pilon would not seek the seat when rumors first emerged, but Pilon says that…

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Ray Pilon brings in $9K, Edward James $5K in HD 72 fundraising

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Sarasota state Rep. Ray Pilon brought in his second-largest fundraising haul since drawing an opponent in the 2016 campaign cycle last month, raising $9,363 during the December reporting period. The showing takes Pilon to about $74,117 cash on hand after deducting $29,519 in expenditures from his $103,636 total raised. Pilon’s opponent, Democrat Edward James, added $5,170 to his campaign account last month. The figure, combined with contributions to a political committee supporting his run, bring James’ total to $150,973 on hand. The third-term lawmaker’s…

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