Shane Abbott increases financial lead in HD 5 GOP Primary
Shane Abbott continues to outplay challengers in the GOP primary race for the House District 5 seat, raising more than $47,000 in March.
A DeFuniak Springs drugstore owner, Abbott is running to take over as the limited-time GOP representative. Brad Drake. He faces Jackson County Commissioner Clint Pate and Republican Marianna Vance Coley for the GOP nomination.
“Our campaign is busier than ever with less than five months until Election Day,” Abbott said in a statement celebrating the financial hit.
In all, Abbott has raised more than $380,000 through his campaign and political committee. He also enjoys endorsements from Drake and the Sheriff of Walton County Michael Adkinson.
“I am consistently touched by the overwhelming support from our Northwest Florida community who understand the importance of business-oriented leadership, respect for law and order, and Christian-Conservative principles” , added Abbott.
HD 5 is a Republican stronghold with no Democratic challenger, making the GOP primary a win-win event from now on. The Panhandle District covers Holmes, Jackson, Walton, and Washington counties, as well as parts of Bay County.
“We look forward to building on our momentum towards a win on August 23,” added Abbott.
Abbott’s financial lead is considerable. He has more than $228,686 in his campaign account alone. Coley, meanwhile, holds just over $51,000 while Pate has raised less than $30,000.
A graduate of the University of Florida, Abbott has long-standing ties to DeFuniak Springs. It has owned and operated Prescription Place since 2006 and opened a second location in 2015. The family also owns and operates the Firestone Tire Service Center in Defuniak Springs.
Additionally, the father of four is active in the community. He serves on the board of trustees of Northwest Florida State College and is a board member of the Emerald Coast Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
“Shane views his role as husband and father as most important,” the statement added. “When Shane isn’t busy running his business, he’s an avid outdoorsman.”