Mount Dora Republican Rep. Jennifer Sullivan is keeping up the fundraising momentum as she barrels toward an Election Day head-to-head against Eustis Democrat Debra Kaplan.
New campaign finance reports show Sullivan tacked on $3,250 between June 23 and July 6, making for $66,420 raised to-date in her House District 31 re-election bid.
Included among those contributions was a $1,000 check from the Florida Health Care PAC and $750 from the Associated Builders & Contractors. Spending totaled $1,912 and included a $1,000 payment to Gainesville-based Data Targeting Research for consulting work.
Sullivan had $41,263 in the bank on July 6.
Kaplan, a business consultant and former journalist, raised $425 for her campaign account during the two-week reporting period, with Tampa retiree Sheila Svonkin topping the seven donors in the report with a $200 check.
Kaplan had $7,229 on hand on July 6.
HD 31 covers northeast Lake County and northwest Orange County and has a strong Republican base. GOP voters make up 44 percent of the electorate compared to a 31 percent share for Democrats, who haven’t fielded a candidate since the seat was redrawn ahead of the 2012 elections.
Sullivan was elected to the seat without an Election Day challenger in 2014 after taking nearly 35 percent of the vote in a five-way Republican Primary. Her only opposition in 2016 came from unaffiliated candidate Robert Rightmyer, whom she beat 73-27. The seat voted 59-36 for Donald Trump.