Mayoral Candidates Report Cash
If you had any doubt that the race to elect Jacksonville's next mayor will be one of the most expensive and hard fought in our city's history, consider today's financial reports.
With three high profile candidates already in the race and another half-dozen rumored to be preparing their campaigns for launch, we got a sneak peak at how the race for early cash is looking so far.
Republican candidate Audrey Moran topped the list by raising $171,663 in her campaign's first quarter.
Tax Collector Mike Hogan, another leading Republican, banked an impressive $111,934.
Significantly behind the leaders is former Council President Kevin Hyde, who entered the race a little later than both Hogan and Moran. Hyde's haul was a respectable $46,620.
The only Democrat to raise significant money was Warren Lee, who in total has reached $3,060. Unfortunately for Lee, he's already spent almost $2,800 of it.
The reports give some clues as to which big name supporters are stacking up behind which mayoral candidates, although it's quite likely we'll see some of these big dollar donors contribute to multiple campaigns before all is said and done.
Some names of interest: Ed Austin, Wayne Weaver and Tom Petway appear on Moran's report, while Hogan pulled support from W.W. Gay and Toney Sleiman. Kevin Hyde is backed by Marty Fiorentino and fellow Councilman Michael Corrigan, among others.
Robert Hutcherson, another and lesser known Republican, has clearly spent some money on his campaign -- setting up a website among other things. But his report is not yet available on the Supervisor of Elections website.
Among the candidates heavily rumored to be considering bids are General Counsel Rick Mullaney, publisher Jim Bailey, Councilwoman Glorious Johnson, Councilman Jack Webb, and others.