Potential Jax mayoral candidate Daniel Davis nears $4 million available in committee account

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Chairman of the Policy Committee of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Daniel Davis raised another $120,000 in May.

Building a Better Economy now has nearly $4 million, with a fifth consecutive six-figure gain last month, indicating that its momentum has not slowed.

JWB Real Estate Capital paced all donors with a $25,000 contribution, on a report dominated by money from this sector and other local business interests.

Davis, a Republican, is coy about his timeline to enter a race that already has seven active candidates, including the state senator. Audrey Gibsonthe second Democrat in the running, entered the game on Monday.

When he enters the race, he could keep the edge on the main GOP fundraiser. Between his campaign account and his JAX first political committee, member of the municipal council LeAnna Gutierrez Cumber raised over $200,000 in April. In total, Cumber had raised more than $2.5 million between the two accounts, with May reports due Friday.

Republican Al Ferraro seems to have found ground after a failed attempt by the Jacksonville City Council for a referendum on the Confederate monument. His fundraiser in May included nearly $14,000 in new money in his campaign account, which gave him about $71,000 in hard cash. Ferraro also has about $148,000 in his political committee, Keep It Real Jax, which has yet to report the May fundraiser.

The top Democratic fundraiser is a former news anchor Donna Degan. With May’s fundraiser still pending, Deegan closed April with about $400,000 in hand between his campaign account and political committee, Donna for Duval.

Independent candidate Omega Allen had about $3,000 on hand at the end of April. However, she has raced on shoestring budgets before, finishing third in a field of four contestants in 2019 with more than 10% of the votes.

GOP candidate Frankie Keasler Jr. baptized his campaign account in April with a $250 personal loan, the only activity so far. Meanwhile, the independent candidate Darcy Richardsonmeanwhile, had $17.76 on hand.

Qualifying for the Jacksonville mayoral race runs from January 9 through January 13, 2023. All qualified candidates will be on the ballot for the March election. If no candidate wins a majority in what Duval calls the first election, the top two qualify for the general election in May.


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