Jay Collins raises $400,000, passing CD 14 holder Kathy Castor in first quarter

Republican Jay Collins said he raised $401,260 in the first quarter of 2022 while running for Florida’s 14th congressional district, cutting into the fundraising lead still held by the incumbent Democratic representative. Catherine Beaver.

Castor raised $324,003 during the same period, which ran from January 1 to March 31. Despite a slightly lower quarterly tally, Castor raised $852,908 in his re-election campaign, keeping him ahead of Collins’ $769,447 raised so far. A third candidate, Republican james judgesaid it raised $22,298 in the first quarter, bringing its total to $123,222.

Collins brought in $377,259 from individual donors, according to its FEC filing, while Castor brought in $216,013 from individuals in the first quarter.

Castor will start the next quarter with the most money available, with $896,688 in spending money available. Collins will continue with $338,753 in cash and Judge with $48,275.

Two additional candidates, Democrat Chris Bradley and republican Chris Chambers, each reported raising less than $10,000 in the first quarter. Bradley has raised $27,445 so far and Chambers has raised a total of $9,071.

The Democratic incumbent could be a candidate for a smooth re-election as the state legislature seeks to approve the governor’s proposed congressional maps. Ron DeSantis who are changing the Tampa Bay District in a way that favors the Democrats.

The eight-term holder and former Hillsborough County Commissioner is doing better under this map than the one originally approved by the Legislative Assembly (H8019). In that plan, she landed in a seat where 54.46% of voters went to Biden and 43.99% voted for Trump. The new seat isolates it even more of a challenge from any of the several republicans filed against her.

The price to pay, however, is a potential loss for Democrats in Florida’s 13th congressional district, currently represented by the Democratic representative. charlie christ. The proposed map makes this seat more likely to go to a Republican challenger. Overall, the proposal would change Tampa Bay’s makeup and likely leave it with one Democratic representative instead of two.

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Jack L. Goldstein