Fort Lauderdale Republican state Rep. Ellyn Bogdanoff said she is not making an endorsement in the house district she is leaving to run for state senate -- although her son Matthew Bogdanoff is working as campaign manager for one of the candidates, David Maymon.
"Your kids will be attracted to what you do,'' said Bogdanoff. "He has been campaigning since he was 10 years old. He loves it. If you want to work with a Republican in Broward County you have one option: District 91. It's not my place to tell him he can't do a job."
Maymon had a big fundraising quarter: he raised $47,438 though that includes $10,000 from himself. That puts his total at about $176,000 -- including about $70,000 from himself. The early headstart has helped Maymon, a businessman, who announced his candidacy in June.
His biggest Republican challenger is attorney George Moraitis who launched his campaign in November. Moraitis raised $22,500 this quarter, putting his total at $75,194 including a $15,000 loan from himself.
"He has been able to get more money out of Tallahassee,'' said Moraitis, who said he has focused his fundraising on voters within the district.
The coastal Broward-Palm Beach district leans Republican. Barbra Stern, daughter of lobbyist Judy Stern, is the only Democrat in the race. She has raised about $53,000.