Rep. Gayle Harrell: Probably no announcement before July on congressional bidby George Bennett | May 7th, 2013
With national Republicans eager for candidates to start raising money to combat Murphy’s $672,013-and-growing re-election warchest, Harrell said earlier this year that she’d wait until the end of the state legislative session to make a decision. The session ended Friday. Now Harrell says she probably won’t make an announcement before July 1.
“I would not anticipate any formal announcements until the new fundraising quarter,” Harrell said today. “If I do it I would want to have a strong (first) fundraising quarter.”
The current quarter began April 1 and runs through June 30. Candidates often wait until the beginning of a new quarter to open a campaign so they can collect three months’ worth of contributions and post an impressive number when they file their first Federal Election Commission report.
Harrell is in Washington this week on business, but said she’ll also be talking to the National Republican Congressional Committee and other political operatives about the race. Former state Rep. Carl Domino is also expected in D.C. this week as he considers a congressional run.
Juno Beach Councilwoman Ellen Andel and former Derby, Conn., mayor Alan Schlesinger have already announced campaigns for the District 18 seat. Other Republicans looking at the race include St. Lucie County Commissioner Tod Mowery, former Tequesta councilman Calvin Turnquest and businessman Gary Uber.