State Rep. Ed Narain, D-Tampa, enters the summer with a distinct financial advantage over the two Democrats he is battling for a seat in the Florida Senate in an Aug. 30 primary election.
Narain, Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, and former Rep. Betty Reed, D-Tampa, are all battling to represent the newly drawn District 19. That districts starts in Temple Terrace and East Tampa, and runs south to pick up parts of Brandon, Riverview and Apollo Beach. It then cross Tampa Bay to pick up St. Petersburg. No Republicans had filed to run in the race as of Thursday.
New campaign finance records show Narain raised $15,000 in April and now has raised a total of $119,000. After spending nearly $39,000, Narain had more than $80,000 to start May 1, according to new campaign finance reports filed with the Florida Division of Elections this week. Rouson has raised nearly $62,000, but has spent $35,000, leaving him with less than $17,000 to start the month. Reed has raised $23,000 for the race and has spent $8,100, leaving her with $15,000.
Narian, first elected to the House in 2014, said it is good to start with a financial advantage, but said he’s not taking anything for granted. He said there is no shortage of races around the country in which the candidate who had the most money actually lost.