Republican challenger in Hillsborough County property appraiser race loaned his campaign $100,000
Republican Todd Jones is apparently willing to spend quite a bit of his own money to unseat incumbent Hillsborough County Property Appraiser Bob Henriquez.
Jones, a career real estate appraiser who announced his bid October 1, loaned his campaign $100,000 last month, according to campaign finance reports due Tuesday. Outside of the six-figure contribution to his own campaign, Jones raised $3,850.
After several months of slow fundraising, Henriquez picked things up in October, raising $14,125. To date, the former Democratic state lawmaker and local football coach has raised about $50,000 for his reelection.
Henriquez’s warchest pales in comparison to some of the other constitutional officers running for re-election. Sheriff David Gee has raised $312,000 since formally filing for reelection in September and Tax Collector Doug Belden has raised $184,000. Neither faces significant opposition so far.
Clerk of the Circuit Court Pat Frank has raised nearly twice as much as Henriquez, about $90,000, in her contested primary race against Democratic County Commissioner Kevin Beckner.
Henriquez was first elected property appraiser in 2012, defeating Republican Ronda Storms with 52 percent of the vote.