Current District 4 Leon County Commissioner Bryan Desloge and challenger Brian Welch have started raising money ahead of the 2020 election.
Campaign reports filed this month, for campaign activity through the end of June, show that Desloge raised $68,715 from 331 donations. Welch reported donations of $20,310 from 108 donations.
Donations are limited to $250 per entity.
Desloge filed for the District 4 race after considering a run for retiring state Senator Bill Montford’s seat. Desloge decided it would be “an uphill climb” due to the partisan make-up of the district.
Desloge told the Tallahassee Democrat that “I looked at all of the different angles. I’m one of seven (on the County Commission), and I think I can make more of an impact here.”
Desloge was first elected in 2006.
Brian Welch has been a public school teacher at Lawton Chiles High School since 2007. He attended Tallahassee Community College and Florida State University, earning a Bachelors degree in Political Science in 2001 and a Masters degree in Applied American Politics and Policy in 2003.
Welch also earned a second Masters degree in Educational Leadership in 2016.
Shortly after filing for the seat, Welch write on his Facebook, “I think District 4 deserves an engaged and responsive leader that advocates for the families and neighborhoods of NE Leon County.”
The general election is scheduled for November 3, 2020.