Republican Jennifer Sullivan pulled in five $1,000 checks on the last day of July to give her re-election campaign a fresh shot of money in House District 31 in northwest Orange County and northeast Lake County.

Sullivan, a two-term representative from Mount Dora, has done little fundraising this year, having transferred $5,000 from her previous campaign fund and brought in $4,500 in March. Like almost all her previous funds in this election cycle, the $5,000 she raised in July came almost entirely from political committees and lobbying firms, mostly from Tallahassee. She has not yet raised any money in the district in this cycle.

She finished the month with about $13,700 in the bank.

Sullivan faces a challenge from Democrat Debra Kaplan, a business consultant and former journalist from Eustis, who has done little campaign fundraising herself. Kaplan brought in about $650 in July, giving her a total, including a $200 loan she made to her campaign, of about $2,620 in total income for her campaign. She finished the month with about $2,300 in the bank.

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