With Jeff Brandes on his way to the State Senate, his former district is up for grabs. Newly drawn, District 68 includes an eastern portion of Pinellas County, encompassing Pinellas Park and northern parts of St. Petersburg.
Based on the most recent campaign finance reports, covering September 29 to October 12, former State Rep. Frank Farkas continues to widen his fundraising lead over Democrat Dwight Dudley.
Dudley — who had no primary opponents — raised $16,015, bringing his overall total to $73,185. Among his contributors are Democratic stalwarts, such as labor unions and trial attorneys. Dudley has spent $23,678, leaving him with about $50K for the final weeks of the campaign. Of note, Dudley has also received over $56,930 in in-kind contributions, mostly from the Florida Democratic Party, in the form of polling and staff.
Dudley’s efforts, however, lag behind Farkas, who continues to put together impressive fundraising periods. The St. Petersburg chiropractor added $51,910 to his treasury — his best effort yet — bringing his overall total to $180,695. Farkas has spent $103,019, leaving his campaign with over $76K to play with during the final three weeks of the campaign.
Of course, these hard-dollar numbers will likely pale in comparison to what the leadership committees and state parties will spend in this race.