Berny Jacques leads June fundraising, brings in $13K

Jacques faces St. Petersburg Republican Alen Tomczak.

Seminole Republican Berny Jacques led June’s fundraising reports in the race to succeed Rep. Nick DiCeglie for House District 66.

Jacques, a former prosecutor and former conservative analyst for Bay News 9, reported $13,185 raised in June for his campaign. Jacques’ associated political committee, Florida Values Coalition, did not report any fundraising or expenditures for the past month.

St. Petersburg Republican Alen Tomczak, who entered the race in early March, trailed Jacques in June, raising $4,860. Tomczak works as a technical lead at Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base.

Jacques’ campaign reported just over 60 donors in June, consisting primarily of $150 to $250 individual donations. Jacques is reporting four $1,000 donations, including from lawyers Sean McQuaid and Nicole Denmon.

Jacques’ campaign dished out $2,167 in June, including $1,750 on advertising and the remaining on processing fees.

Jacques raised $110,027 between his campaign account and affiliated political committee, including money raised before Jacques entered the 2022 race. After spending $46,334 between the two, he is left with $63,693 cash on hand.

On the other hand, Tomczak listed 13 donors for June, including four $1,000 drops from donors like Florida Beer Wholesalers PC.

Tomczak also spent $2,886 this past month, with $2,000 going to fundraising consulting services and the rest distributed among processing fees and accounting services.

Tomczak will be heading into July with $56,533 cash on hand, having raised $69,030 since launching his campaign.

So far, Jacques and Tomczak are the only two filed for the race in the red district covering parts of northwest Pinellas County, including Clearwater Beach south to Indian Shores.

HD 66 has a conservative advantage, with nearly 50,000 registered Republican voters to just over 38,000 Democrats. The district also includes nearly 34,000 independent voters.