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2 first-time state candidates from Clay raise most in campaign funds

Rob Bradley and Travis Cummings lead the way over the first 3 months.

By Matt Dixon

TALLAHASSEE - Two first-time state candidates from Clay County brought in the biggest area campaign cash haul over the first three months of the year, according to recently filed campaign finance reports.

State Senate candidate Rob Bradley and state House candidate Travis Cummings, both Republicans and former members of the Clay County Commission, brought in about $70,000 each, far outpacing other First Coast state candidates.

Because incumbent candidates could not raise money during the state's legislative session, which ran from Jan. 10 through the end of March, many did not post impressive quarterly figures.

"I think it exceeded my expectation," Bradley said of his first-ever state fund-raising quarter.

His current opponent, Gainesville businessman Brian Scarborough, a Democrat, raised $55,265 in just over five weeks.

The Senate maps still need court approval; if the current version is rejected, Scarborough and Bradley may not end up in the same district. As it now stands, 52 percent of the district is in Alachua County; 40 percent is in Clay.

Bradley says the numbers for him and Cummings are proof of Clay County's desire to elect county residents.

"I think that people are excited to have the opportunity to have leadership from Clay County in Tallahassee," Bradley said.

Cummings said: "People work hard for their money. We are humbled that the quarter went so well."

The county is currently represented in the Senate by Republicans Evelyn Lynn of Daytona Beach and Stephen Wise of Jacksonville.

Bradley received 43 percent of his $70,166 in campaign cash from Clay County addresses. Cummings received 40 percent of his $67,166 from the county.

In other area races, Republican Jacksonville lawyer Wyman Duggan brought in $25,785, leading all candidates in the race for a state Senate district likely to include all of Nassau and portions of Duval County.

Former state Rep. Aaron Bean raised $22,055. He has been filed to run for Senate since 2008, and has $242,963 in the bank. State Rep. Mike Weinstein, R-Jacksonville, raised $6,375, and has $208,195 in the bank. His total $150,000 in personal loans he has given his campaign.

Copyright 2012 The Florida Times-Union.

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