Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Randall Going All out in House Bid

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Randall Going All out in House Bid

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If Bill Randall fails in his bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Corrine

Brown, a Jacksonville Democrat, in the 3rd District election

next year it won't be for lack of effort.

It's an uphill fight, but Randall, a Republican, has been

steadily campaigning since announcing in June that he would run

against the three-term congresswoman.

He's been a regular on the speaking circuit. So far, he's

addressed the Bull Snort Forum in Jacksonville, the Tiger Bay

Club of Ocala, the Republican Party, Republican women's clubs

and the Association of General Contractors.

Randall, a preacher, has also spoken at a number of churches

throughout the district, which includes Duval and eight other

counties.

Brown's district is considered a safe Democratic seat. She was

re-elected with 61 percent of the vote in 1996, when she

out-raised her opponent by nearly 10-1. In 1994, Brown was

reelected with 58 percent of the vote.

This week, Randall turned his focus to fund raising with a

reception for about 90 people in St. Johns County. When he

jumped in the race he said it would take $500,000 to defeat

Brown. The campaign did not release the amount raised at the

reception, but the word is Randall has a long way to go to reach

his first $100,000.

CAMPAIGN CASH ROLES IN: Campaign officials aren't talking, but

the talk in political circles is that Mayor John Delaney already

has raised more than $400,000.

The campaign's original plan was to raise $250,000 by the end

of the year and then stop fund raising unless it looks like the

mayor will face serious opposition in the 1999 city elections.

Delaney said he would try to return about 90 percent of the

contributions if he doesn't have a race.

So far, Delaney's only opposition comes from Marvin Kramer, a

60-year-old Westsider who hasn't voted in Jacksonville since

registering in 1992. …

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