Sen. shevrin jones raised $35,000 in December to defend its Senate District 35 seat, with strong grassroots support and help from the medical, gaming and financial sectors. But thanks to another round of active campaign spending, the Miami Gardens Democrat found himself with less in the bank than earlier this month.
Jones now holds around $30,000 between his campaign account and its political committee, Strong Florida finish. He is still unopposed, but state rules prohibiting fundraising during the legislative session could provide a late challenger with strong financial connections the chance to amass a war chest.
Even if that happened, it probably wouldn’t be much of a problem for Jones, given the overwhelming Democratic streak of SD 35 and his performance in 2020, when he beat his primary opponents before running unopposed in the election. general.
In December, Jones received more than 50 individual donations ranging from $5 to $1,000. Medical companies in particular have proven to support it. Physicians Regional Health System, which operates two hospitals in Naples, donated $5,000. CDR Maguire, a Miami-based company that provides a range of services including medical assistance, infectious disease assistance and COVID-19 testing, gave the same.
Jones also received $1,000 donations from a medical device company Abbott Laboratories, cannabis company Curafeuille of Florida Branch, Service Management Company Automated Health Systems and a lobbying arm of Health HCA.
From the gambling business, Jones took $5,000 from the Louisville-based Churchill Downs horse racing company, which operates Calder Casino in his district, and $1,000 worth of greyhound racing gear Jacksonville Kennel Club.
Jones has filed an invoice for this session to allow businesses that already have a racing license to expand their business to include horse-drawn harness racing in their racks.
Other noteworthy contributions include $3,000 from Stephane South, owner of South College, which operates a campus in Orlando; $1,000 from the parent company of Title Insurance in Florida; and $1,000 from security firm ADT, headquartered in Boca Raton.
Jones spent $30,000 in December, most of it on consulting and campaigning. He paid a fundraising company Green Footprint Strategies $10,000 for ‘media consulting by mail’, an expense he also listed last month when he paid $7,000 to a consulting firm in Florida The public square, $2,000 at Pompano Beach Motion concept and $1,000 in Tampa Consultation with community partners.
He also paid about $1,000 to North Miami-based Freezeframe Marketing in consulting fees, $600 to a coworking space. Oasis in Miami Gardens and $500 to the Democratic Voter Database and web hosting service provider NGP Van.
Jones spent more than $3,000 on dinner meetings and event rentals, plus an additional $800 on travel expenses.
The rest of his expenses were for general upkeep, including $1,100 for legal services for the Fort Lauderdale law firm. Haber Blank LLP.
SD 35 straddles Broward and Miami-Dade counties and includes the cities of Miramar, West Park, and Miami Gardens, as well as Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport and North Perry Airport.
Jones was a member of the House from 2012 to 2020 until he passed Oscar Braynon in the Senate. Jones officially launched his re-election campaign in November.
In private life, he is the managing director of Florida Reading Corp., an AmeriCorps program focused on children’s literacy.
Candidates faced a Monday deadline to report all campaign fundraising through Dec. 31.