If fundraising is any indicator of who will win the race to replace Jay Trumbull in House District 6, Griff Griffitts would defeat Brian Clowdus by a landslide.
In July, Griffitts hauled in several $1,000 contributions from political committees, including the Committee for Florida Justice Reform, Committee of Florida Agents and the Florida Medical Association.
On July 29, the Griffitts campaign received five contributions of $1,000 from the same address for McCall Sod Farm in Southport. Those entities include Eighty-Five Farms Inc., McCall Sod Farm Inc., Panama City Marine Services, FM Properties of Bay County, and farm owner James W. Maulden.
The campaign has raised $339,000 overall and spent over $247,000. On July 29, he gave more than $35,000 to the Front Line Agency for media campaign outreach and direct mail costs.
“Fundraising is the lifeblood of any campaign,” said Brett Doster, a strategic and media consultant for the Griffitts campaign. “But at this point, the ground game is critical. We’ve knocked on about 16,000 doors and have distributed about 3,500 yard signs. The crush of enthusiasm is overwhelming, and we’re looking forward to a good night on the 23rd.”
Griffitts has picked up endorsements from longtime Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford and Florida Chief Financial Office and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis.
Clowdus, meanwhile, has raised over $72,000 overall and spent over $61,000. His campaign raised just $3,385 in July, with a $600 contribution from Panama City based Payton for Air LLC on July 20.
During the month, he gave over $22,000 to Tallahassee based Seven Hills Strategy Group LLC for digital media and direct mail.
Clowdus, an Alabama native, moved to the Panhandle area in 2020. He quickly became active in politics, knocking on doors in support of former President Donald Trump.
Representatives for Clowdus did not respond to a request for comment.
HD 6 covers the southern half of Bay County. The seat is up for grabs with the departure of the term-limited Trumbull, who is running for state Senate. Since there are no Democrats running, the Aug. 23 Primary Election will be a winner-take-all contest.