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State Sen. Benacquisto raises big bucks early for 2012 reelection

by George Bennett | April 12th, 2011

Benacquisto: raised $177,200 in first quarter

Freshman state Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Fort Myers, was one of Florida’s top money-raisers during the first quarter of 2011, raking in $177,200 for her 2012 reelection bid, according to the newest batch of campaign reports.

The only state Senate candidates to raise more in the quarter were Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, who collected $307,810, and state Rep. Denise Grimsley, R-Sebring, who topped $400,000 as she seeks the seat of term-limited Sen. J.D. Alexander, R-Lake Wales.

Benacquisto’s District 27 now stretches from West Palm Beach to Fort Myers. Many expect it to be significantly altered in the 2012 redistricting. Benacquisto, a member of the Senate Reapportionment Committee, appears to be focusing on the district’s more Republican-leaning western half. A former Wellington councilwoman, she has switched her residence to Fort Myers.

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5 Responses to “State Sen. Benacquisto raises big bucks early for 2012 reelection”

  1. Rock throw Says:

    Something must be done about elected offficials who fail to “live” in their district.

    One day we’ll elect someone who lives in CA to represent FL. The rules must be tighten.

    Representative shall pay taxes in the district they live in, no more fudging.

    It’s not true representation if a representative fails to experience the taxes, insurance, schooling and visiting of local merchants. They will be out of touch.

  2. It's already happened Says:

    Rock throw– It’s already happened. Connie Mack lives in CA (married to Mary Bono) and was elected to represent Florida.

  3. Rock Throw Says:

    Please tell me that isn’t true about Connie Mack living in CA???!

    If he is he will never get my vote.

    Someone should move to Georgia, run for office and then move back to FL

    This is wrong. The legislators won’t fix this, it’s up to the people to do so.

    Can the people do this?

  4. Carpet bagger Says:

    Isn’t Lizbeth the fool who is sponsoring the bill to allow kids at D and F schools go to the school of their choice with transportion paid by the school district (taxpayers)?

  5. Chuck Says:

    Rock Throw, read the article. That’s still within her district, which has been that crazy way since before Mark Folew first ran for the seat. My concern, as a Wellington resident, is her keeping her promise to “look out for the Western Communities” in Tallahassee. I guess we should have asked “just how far west?”.

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