Sanford Republican Rep. Scott Plakon tacked on another $8,100 in his new campaign finance report, propelling his re-election bid past the $150,000 mark in hard money fundraising.
Plakon is currently wrapping up the second term of his second stint in the Florida House, having previously served from 2008 through 2012. He faces Longwood Democrat Tracey Kagan in the general election for House District 29.
The incumbents report for the week ending Oct. 19 shows a dozen contribs, including five checks for the maximum allowable donation of $1,000. Making the max donor list were travel site Expedia, NextEra Energy and Plakon’s own political committee, Floridians for Prosperity and Economic Liberty.
All of that fundraising was wiped out and then some by an expenditure list that neared $50,000. Direct mailers accounted for about $27,000 of the outflow, while a media buy through Southern Campaign Resources set the Plakon campaign back another $23,000.
All told, Plakon has raised $152,465 for his 2018 run and had about $25,000 banked at the close of business on Oct. 19.
Kagan added $1,438 during the week-long reporting period, with a dozen checks ranging in size from $29 to $500. Spending came in at a light $46, all of which covered credit card processing fees.
Her campaign is at the precipice of cracking $80,000 raised, though that total includes $20,000 in candidate loans. She finished the reporting period with $38,405 left to spend.
Plakon and Kagan will turn in one more campaign finance report, covering Oct. 20 through Nov. 1, before the general election is held on Nov. 6. Candidates are barred from raising funds during the five days leading up to Election Day.
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 5,400 more registered Republicans than Democrats within its borders — that gap has tightened since the pre-primary bookclosing report, when Republicans held a 7,500 voter advantage.
Despite Plaknon cruising into his second term unopposed, HD 29 is by no means a reach for Democrats. 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. The district went plus-4 for Donald Trump at the top of the ticket.