|Fighting Incumbents...Not Easy: Jean Monestime and Daniella Levine Cava|
In 2010 Jean Monestime ran against Dorrin Rolle. Jean got 53.26% of the vote and Dorrin, the incumbent got 46.74%. In that race Dorrin Rolle collected $388,408 and Jean Monestime raised $106,775. Monestime won. You don't need as much money as the incumbent: You need a respectable amount. A candidate against an incumbent will get about 20% to 30% of the vote with about $20,000 collected. That is not enough money. Jean Monestime had a lot of donations under $50. He had a lot of $5 donations but few $500 donations. He had the money from the REAL people in his district. Monestime won with a little over a quarter of the funds. Let's get serious, a candidate CAN NEVER RAISE AS MUCH MONEY AS AN INCUMBENT. It can't be done, especially when the incumbent is vindictive, and Lynda Bell the County Commissioner in District 8 is known to be very vindictive. Just ask Elaine Navarre...oops she is dead.
So when I look at Danielle Levine Cava's numbers I am very pleased. She has already out-raised Jean Monestime - almost double what he raised. Money doesn't always do it. It helps, but there is more to a campaign than money. The Miami Herald says:
|Dorrin Rolle, Money didn't help him|
The numbers, which have not yet been published by the elections department, would bring Bell's total campaign cash to $330,000, plus about $80,000 in her ECO, and Levine Cava's total to nearly $210,000. Those totals don't take into account expenditures, so they're not a true measure of how much cash each candidate has on hand.