Delray Beach Lawyer Michael D. Weinstein added more than $50,000 to his campaign account in May after announcing his bid for House District 81.
The majority of this came from Weinstein’s own pockets. The candidate loaned his campaign $35,000 and raised another $15,000.
“I am passionate about public service and making a difference in our community,” Weinstein said.
“This is just the beginning and our campaign continues to grow.”
Weinstein launched his offer in mid-march after rep. Tina Polsky has announced that she will pursue a candidacy for the Senate. Polsky made the move just weeks before the end of the qualifying period. Applicants must qualify for state legislative contests by Friday, June 12 at noon.
This left a short window for candidates to enter the race. Weinstein and former Rep. Kelly Skidmore both filed to run as Democrats. Silmo Mouraa Boca Raton Republican who works as a real estate agent with United Realty Group, filed for the HD 81 race End of november.
Skidmore appears to have yet to launch its fundraising machine. She joined the contest a few days after Weinstein. Yet she only added $2,600 in that window.
However, this gap may close in the future. Skidmore began garnering significant support from area Democrats. Earlier Thursday, Skidmore announced a wide range of endorsements, including the former U.S. Representative. Ron Kleinstate representatives. Joe Casello and Matt WillhitePalm Beach County tax collector Anne GannonPalm Beach County Commissioner Marie-Lou Berger and member of the Palm Beach County School Board Karen Brill.
It remains to be seen how this support network will affect the contestants’ fundraising prowess in the future. Both will face the July 10 deadline to report their June fundraising numbers. This will be the first full month of fundraising for either candidate.
However, Moura had several months to raise funds but did little, adding just $1,000 plus another $900 in personal loans. The neighborhood leans Democratic.
Candidates and political committees faced a Wednesday deadline to report all financial activity through May 31. HD 81 covers parts of Palm Beach County near Lake Okeechobee, including Pahokee and Belle Glade.