Democratic nominee Linda Stewart maintains that she’s not afraid of money being spent against her.

Here it comes. Republican nominee Dean Asher spent more than $28,000 between the last reporting period prior to the Aug. 30 primary through last Friday and still has nearly $300,000 in the bank in his quest to defeat Stewart in Florida Senate District 13.

The latest campaign finance reports show that Asher was able to raise $8,800 while spending nearly three times that much in the first three weeks of the general election period. Meanwhile his official campaign has $138,806 in the bank and his political action committee, Allegiant Friends of Florida, has $154,370.

Stewart, who defeated two Democratic opponents in the primary despite being outspent nearly 20-1 by Mike Clelland, actually had her biggest fundraising period yet, raising $6,800 since the Aug. 26 pre-primary report, including $780 she lent her campaign. And she spent $2,850. That leaves her with $4,666.

SD 13 covers north central and northeast Orange County and offers an open seat, since incumbent Senate President Andy Gardiner was term-limited into retirement. It has changed, however, since Gardiner was last elected and now has a strong Democratic-leaning electorate.

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Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at

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