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Kathy Castor challenger, James Judge, hauls in cash in first reporting period

Castor, who occupies what is currently a safe Democratic seat, holds a comfortable fundraising lead, as would be expected from an incumbent.
Republican James Judge is running in 2022 for the 14th Congressional District seat.
Republican James Judge is running in 2022 for the 14th Congressional District seat. [ MELISSA MATISKO | courtesy James Judge for Congress ]
Published Jan. 28

James Judge, the latest entrant in Tampa’s District 14 congressional race, is off to a fast fundraising start, aided by his own money and a contribution from his wife..

Judge, a Coast Guard veteran and owner of a Tampa public relations consulting firm, has reported raising $100,924 since filing in mid-December.

He reported 50 contributions including a personal loan of $25,000 and contributions of the legal maximum $5,800 each from himself and his wife.

Judge is the latest entrant in a Republican primary, with Jay Collins and Angel Urbina, to challenge U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa.

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor of Florida's 14th Congressional District.
U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor of Florida's 14th Congressional District. [ Castor campaign ]

As of last week, Judge was the only candidate who had filed a finance report covering the last quarter of 2021.

Through September, Castor reported raising $335,055; Collins, $110,309 since filing in July; Urbina, $5,125 since June; and Democrat Christopher Bradley, $15,010 since September.

The Republican nominee’s chances against the eight-term congresswoman could depend on the outcome of the redistricting process in the state Legislature.

District 14 is now a safe Democratic seat. A map proposed by the state Senate would make it a potential swing district, but one proposed by Gov. Ron DeSantis would make it even more strongly Democratic, taking Democratic voters out of St. Petersburg’s District 13.

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