New campaign finance reports show Sanford Republican Rep. Scott Plakon and his two Democratic challengers in Seminole County’s House District 29 made little progress on the fundraising trail.

Lake Mary Democrat Darryl Block beat out Plakon and primary rival Tracey Kagan to post the best finance report this go around. Between June 23 and July 6, he raised $1,675 and spent $380.

Block’s campaign recently boasted endorsements from labor unions AFSCME and Florida AFL-CIO, and his campaign report shows some union support by way of a $1,000 check from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

He has now raised $8,158 and kicked in another $4,500 in candidate loans since entering the race in January. He finished the reporting period with $5,500 banked.

Plakon took the No. 2 spot with an even $1,500 in contributions and no reported expenditures. His report showed $1,000 from political committee Florida ACRE and $500 from Business Force PC, a group made up of business leaders that recently endorsed Plakon for re-election.

Through July 6, Plakon had raised $91,590 and had $78,854 at the ready.

Kagan, a Longwood attorney, showed $885 in new money and $29 in expenditures. Her donors were mainly individuals giving $100 or less, though she also received nearly $2,000 worth of “in-kind” support from Aerial Messages and its owner, Remy Colin, which flew a banner backing Kagan on the Fourth of July.

Since entering the race in April, Kagan has raised $21,277 and put down another $10,000 of her own money via candidate loans. She had $19,725 on hand on July 6.

HD 29 covers part of western Seminole County, including Heathrow, Lake Mary, Longwood, Wekiwa Springs and part of Sanford. According to the most recent bookclosing report released by the Florida Division of Elections, there are about 7,500 more registered Republican voters than Democrats within its borders.

The seat is not a total reach for Democrats, however. In 2012, Democrat Mike Clelland pulled off a shocker by defeating former Republican Rep. Chris Dorworth by fewer than 150 votes. Dorworth was in line to be House Speaker after the 2014 elections.

Plakon put the seat back in the GOP column in 2014 with a 57-43 win over Clelland. Plakon won re-election in 2016 without an Election Day opponent, though the district went plus-4 for Donald Trump at the top of the ticket.

About The Author

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for SaintPetersBlog and FloridaPolitics.com. While at the University of Florida, Wilson was an editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and after graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to cover business deals for The Hollywood Reporter. Before joining Extensive Enterprises, Wilson covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools.

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