New Republican candidate Mikaela Nix of Orlando raised more than $20,000 in her first month of campaigning for Florida’s House District 47 seat.

Nix, a lawyer, drew more than 70 donations to her campaign including nine maximum $1,000 checks, many of them coming from a Feb. 21 fundraiser.

She’s facing Winter Park businessman Stockton Reeves VI in the Aug. 28 Republican primary fight to run in HD 47, which is being vacated by Republican state Rep. Mike Miller of Winter Park, who’s running for Congress. The Democratic candidate is Anna Eskamani. The district covers central Orange County.

Nix’s $20,000 surpasses the $15,800 raised in February by Eskamani and the $9,400 raised by Reeves. Both of them, however, have been in the race since last summer, and entered March with more than $100,000 in the bank.

“I’m incredibly humbled by the generous support from so many people, especially for a newcomer like Me,” Nix stated in a news release from her campaign. “I”m very encouraged by the enthusiastic response I’m receiving. I think people are responding to my conservative pro-job, low tax, pro-vocational education message. And we’re just getting started.”

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