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Jax Daily Record Thursday, Jun. 12, 201412:00 PM EST

Mayor Alvin Brown's re-election war chest tops $1.2M; Bill Bishop at $26,300

by: David Chapman

In his bid for re-election, Mayor Alvin Brown raised more than $110,000 through two accounts for the month of May, according to campaign finance reports posted Monday and Tuesday.

In his local account, Brown raised $35,595, pushing his total contributions past the $1.2 million mark.

Through his state political action committee, “Taking Jacksonville to the Next Level,” he raised $74,850 for the month, down from his best-ever month of almost $306,000 in April. That period was buoyed by two larger donations of $50,000 from Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan and EverBank Financial Corp.

Fidelity National Services at $25,000 is the top contributor to Brown’s campaign for May. Raymond Quirk, CEO of Financial National Financial, is next at $10,000. Eli Lilly and Co., Richard Cox, Republic Services Inc. and the “Keeping America Competitive” political action committee all provided $5,000 contributions.

There also are several professional golf-related entries for the month. PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem provided $1,000, while PGA Tour Travel Inc., PGA Tour Investments Finance, PGA Tour Licensed Properties, PGA Tour Golf Course Properties and TPC Sawgrass all pitched in $1,000.

City Council member Bill Bishop followed up his inaugural fundraising month of $18,100 with an $8,200 month in May.

Lenny Curry, the former state Republican Party chair, entered the race this month and won’t have to file a report until July.

An update on some other races in the 2015 election:

• The race for the next sheriff has seven candidates, most of whom collected more than $10,000 in May. Mike Williams raised the most with $19,610, followed by Jimmy Holderfield with $13,254, Jay Farhat with $13,050 ($2,000 coming from a self-loan), Rob Schoonover with $11,810 and Ken Jefferson with $9,275. Overall, Farhat leads contributions with $119,358 ($7,000 through self-loans) with four months of fundraising.

• The City Council race for At-Large Group 1 between incumbent Kim Daniels and challenger Anna Brosche continues to lead the pack in terms of money raised. Daniels has $114,685 in contributions, although more than $83,000 comes through self-loans, while Brosche now tops the $100,000 mark.

• Council Districts 7 and 8 remain the most crowded, drawing nine candidates apiece. In District 7, the race to succeed Johnny Gaffney, Richard Cuff leads fundraising with more than $21,000, all of it through self-loans. The next highest is Marc McCullough at $7,801, but he hasn’t raised funds for three months. In District 8, Terry Fields, a former legislator and council member, heads the field with $40,250 after raising $7,150 in May. Former council member Pat Lockett-Felder is next highest at $17,500 followed by Lynn Sherman at $11,695. The group is vying to succeed Denise Lee.

• Several races still have sole entrants. Danny Becton has raised $72,000-plus for District 11 on the Southside; council President Bill Gulliford has raised $87,400 for District 13 and the Beaches; council member Matt Schellenberg has more raised more than $82,000 in his quest for a repeat for District 6 in Mandarin; while James Nealis has raised $24,620 in the race for District 3 in the Intracoastal West area. The races for property appraiser, tax collector and supervisor of elections also have one candidate.

• Council District 2 has five candidates now, with several having contribution increases over the past couple of months. After three months of fundraising, Lisa King has raised close to $40,000 ($5,000 through a self-loan), followed by Lindsey Brock’s almost $23,000 ($10,000 through a self-loan) and Al Ferraro’s $18,000. Other candidates are Robert Philips ($5,300) and Bobby Taylor ($1,300).

The next financial statements are due July 10.

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