Orlando Sentinel: Nancy Soderberg tops fundraising in District 6 congressional race

Democrat Nancy Soderberg led in second quarter fundraising in the race to succeed U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis in Congress, more than doubling the closest Republican candidate.

Soderberg, 60, a former ambassador to the United Nations under President Bill Clinton, raised more than $543,000 from April through the end of June, according to Federal Election Commission reports, for a total of almost $1.5 million for the campaign.

Soderberg, the only candidate not to self-loan, had more than $981,000 cash on hand.

Her fundraising totals were well above her Democratic rivals in the Aug. 28 primary, Stephen Sevigny, 50, an Ormond Beach radiologist, and John Upchurch, 48, an Ormond Beach attorney.

Sevigny raised $354,000in the second quarter, including a $100,000 loan to himself, for a total of more than $605,000. That total also includes a previous $50,000 loan. He has $365,000 cash on hand.

Upchurch raised more than $108,000 this past quarter, including a $40,000 loan to him. He has raised about $258,000 in total and has about $172,000 cash on hand.

The nearest Republican candidate to Soderberg, Michael Waltz, 44, a retired lieutenant colonel of the U.S. Army and a frequent guest on Fox News, brought in more than $283,000 from April through June.

Waltz raised a total of more than $990,000, including a $400,000 loan to himself. He has more than $616,000 cash on hand.

John Ward, 52, a retired U.S. Navy Intelligence officer and investor, raised $139,000 this past quarter including a $50,000 loan to himself. He has raised more than $1 million in total, including loans to himself of more than $600,000. Ward has $467,000 cash on hand.

by Steven Lemongello

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