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Democrat Gary Farmer posts $210K in first month of SD 29 race

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Consumer advocate attorney Gary Farmer announced solid fundraising numbers for October, with $210,000 raised in the first month as a candidate for Florida Senate District 29. Farmer, a former president of the Florida Justice Association, is seeking the seat currently held by term-limited Democratic state Sen. Jeremy Ring. SD 29 covers most of Broward County. Farmer also said he loaned his campaign $100,000, leaving him with more than $300,000 cash on hand. He noted that much of the support came…

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No state Senate run for Kristin Jacobs

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This week, both Jim Waldman and Gary Farmer breathed a sigh of relief as perhaps one of the most formidable challengers for the state Senate seat they covet made it clear she is staying put. Kristin Jacobs, former mayor of Broward County and current Florida House member, said she is not going to run for Senate. In September, the first-term representative from Coconut Creek filed for re-election to HD 96. “I just got elected to serve as a House member…

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Meet Cesar Fernandez, one of the ’30 under 30′ rising stars of Florida politics

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There’s no doubt Cesar Fernandez stays plenty busy, but he’s happy to have turned in the Red Bull and cold pizza of his campaign days for more comfortable digs now that he works for Uber. Managing up to a half dozen “conversations” about transportation network companies at any one time with myriad Florida cities and counties, things still get hectic to be sure. But Fernandez – by now a familiar face to many observers of state politics – is glad to be playing…

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SD 29 race gets second filer, setting up Democratic primary

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Senate District 29 got a second filer Monday, setting up an expensive and contentious Democratic primary for the Broward County seat held by term-limited state Sen. Jeremy Ring. Fort Lauderdale attorney Gary Farmer, who was the 2012-13 president of the Florida Justice Association, will face off against former state Rep. Jim Waldman for the seat. Farmer’s entry has been rumored for months and his candidacy should get the backing of the FJA over Waldman, despite the former representative’s track record…

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Jim Waldman lends himself $200k to jump start Senate campaign

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Former Coconut Creek city commissioner and former state Rep. Jim Waldman has kicked in $200,000 of his own money to his bid to succeed Margate state Sen. Jeremy Ring in the state Senate, according to recent filings with the Division of Elections. Waldman is putting his money where his mouth is with a substantial personal investment in taking over for the term-limited Ring, who like Waldman is known as a well-heeled Democrat capable of bringing home the bacon, both personally and in the…

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