Shevrin Jones raises $ 35,000 in defense of SD 35 with wins in grassroots, medicine and gaming

Senator Shevrin jones raised $ 35,000 in December to defend its Senate District 35 seat, with strong grassroots support and help from the medical, gambling and finance sectors. But thanks to another round of active campaign spending, the Miami Gardens Democrat found himself with less in the bank than at the start of the month.

Jones now holds approximately $ 30,000 between his campaign account and its political committee, Finished Fort Florida. It 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 happens, it probably wouldn’t be much of a problem for Jones, given SD 35’s overwhelming trend and performance in 2020, when he beat his opponents in the primary before showing up unopposed to the general elections.

In December, Jones received over 50 individual donations ranging from $ 5 to $ 1,000. Medical companies have particularly come to support him. Doctors Regional health system, which operates two hospitals in Naples, contributed $ 5,000. CDR Maguire, a Miami-based company that provides a range of services including health assistance, infectious disease assistance and COVID-19 testing, gave the same.

Jones also received $ 1,000 in donations from a medical device company Abbott Laboratories, cannabis company by Curaleaf Florida branch, service management company Automated health systems and a lobbying arm of HCA Health.

From the gambling business, Jones took $ 5,000 from the Louisville-based horse racing company Churchill Downs, which operates Calder Casino in his district and $ 1,000 in greyhound racing gear Jacksonville Kennel Club.

Jones has filed an invoice that this session allow companies holding a racing license to extend their activities to include harness horse racing on their supports.

He also received $ 3,500 from a political committee supporting the Florida Credit Union and $ 1,000 each from Visa and the tax consultancy firm. Deloitte.

Other noteworthy contributions included $ 3,000 in Etienne 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 advice and campaigning. He paid a finance company Green strategies $ 10,000 for “mail-in media consultation,” an expense allocation he also disclosed last month when he paid $ 7,000 to a consulting firm in Florida The public square, $ 2,000 at Pompano Beach Movement concept and $ 1,000 in Tampa Advice to community partners.

He also paid North Miami-based Freezeframe Marketing around $ 1,000 in consulting fees, $ 600 for co-working space. Oasis at Miami Gardens and $ 500 to the Democratic Voter Database and web hosting service provider NGP Van.

Jones spent over $ 3,000 on dinner meetings and event rentals, as well as another $ 800 in travel expenses.

The remainder of his expenses were for general maintenance, including $ 1,100 for legal services at 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 succeeded Oscar Braynon in the Senate. Jones officially launched his re-election campaign in November.

In private life, he is the executive director of Florida Reading Corp., an AmeriCorps program focused on children’s literacy.

Candidates faced a Monday deadline to report all campaign fundraising activity through December 31.

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