Altamonte Springs Republican Rep. Bob Cortes raised a moderate amount of campaign cash while his opponents floundered in the new round of campaign finance reports for Central Florida’s House District 30.
Cortes, first elected in 2014, tacked on another $6,300 in contributions and spent just $1,844 for the reporting period covering June 23 through July 6.
That tally came in across a dozen contributions, including four for the campaign maximum of $1,000. Top donors included political committee Florida ACRE, Waste Management, Verizon and Deana Boggs-Jones of Winter Springs, who is listed as the owner of a towing company.
Expenditures included a $570 payment to ticket vendor Live Nation, likely related to Cortes’ upcoming concert fundraiser in Tampa. Another $883 in spending was related to the East Side Regional Hob Nob, a local Chamber of Commerce event where Cortes celebrated a landslide victory in a straw poll.
As of July 6, the incumbent had raised more than $138,000 for his re-election campaign and had more than $110,000 in the bank.
Cortes will face the winner of a three-way Democratic primary between Clark Anderson of Winter Park, Joy Goff-Marcil of Maitland and Brendan Ramirez of Orlando. Of the three, only Goff-Marcil showed contributions this go around.
Her report showed eight small-dollar contributions that combined to $436, as well as another $526 worth of “in-kind” support, most of it from Pho Queen Cooking. She has now raised $22,250 since filing for the seat in mid-February and has $14,720 on hand.
Anderson’s $0 report keeps him at $3,925 in total fundraising. He has $10,482 at the ready, including $15,000 in candidate loans.
Ramirez has yet to file his finance report, which was due Friday. He will be on the hook for some fees of up to a quarter of his contributions or expenditures, whichever is greater, when he eventually files. In his report covering June 1 through June 22, he showed $2,000 raised and 22,880 in loans with all of that cash still available.
HD 30 straddles the border of Seminole and Orange counties and includes the communities of Altamonte Springs, Casselberry, Eatonville, Fern Park, Forest City, Goldenrod, Lockhart and Maitland. About two-thirds of HD 30 voters live on the Seminole side.
The district is home to slightly more Democratic voters than Republican ones, and it was one of only a handful of seats in 2016 to elect a Republican representative while voting in favor of Hillary Clinton at the top of the ticket.
The Democratic nominee will be decided in the Aug. 28 primary election. The general election is Nov. 6.