Even though he just entered the campaign, Scott Israel jumped into a big fundraising lead for the 2020 Broward Sheriff’s race. Israel hauled in 116 contributions totaling $76,210 for his Democratic Party campaign. Israel was removed from office by Governor Ron DeSantis.
Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony, the man Governor DeSantis picked to replace Israel, has yet to file campaign paperwork. Last month, Broward School Board Member Lori Alhadeff held a fundraiser for a political committee supporting Sheriff Tony. So far, the Broward First political committee has reported $22,600 in contributions from three donors. Tony is a registered Democrat.
Democrat Al Pollock’s campaign reports $21,410 in contributions from 75 supporters.
The rest of the Democrat field is far behind. Andrew Smalling Of Lauderdale Lakes reports $14,732 in contributions. Santiago Vazquez raised $7,535 while Willie Jones reports just $4,949 in contributions.
According to his campaign reports, Raymond Hicks has not raised any money.
On the Republican side, H. Wayne Clark has raised $2,125 since joining the race in May.
Perennial candidate David Rosenthal (CPF-No Chance) raised $1,860 while managing to spend $2,232 for his 2020 bid.
Democrat Raymond L. Hicks wants to represent the citizens of District 92 in the Florida House. Hicks filed for the crowded race on Monday. Hicks, a former BSO deputy, may have a hard time explaining his troubled past to voters.
Hicks gained notoriety in May 2013 after posting videos on YouTube. According to published reports, Hicks made cryptic remarks about mass shootings. Hicks was taken into custody via the Baker Act after stating he did not want to be the “next Christopher Dorner,” a former Los Angeles cop who went on a killing spree in 2013.
“I’m asking you as a viewer who is watching this video to please, please, please help me,” Hicks said. “I went and bought an AK with 180 rounds and I told my mom, you might as well get in a black dress because I can’t take this anymore,” he said. “… I don’t know how much more I can take. I don’t want to be the next Christopher Dorner.
Reports claimed Hicks was upset Broward Sheriff Scott Israel did not rehire him. Hicks lost his job in 2000 after being arrested on Federal charges of operating an interstate cocaine trafficking ring. Hicks was acquitted in 2001.
Since then, Hicks has filed numerous lawsuits against BSO including one to get his gun and ammunition, which were seized during the Baker Act incident, returned to him.
For those interested in Hicks’ story, you may want to read his autobiography, “I’m Still Standing” available at Amazon.com. Calling himself a “modern-day Serpico,” Hicks writes, “I’M STILL STANDING is the story of a man whose idea of duty put him in conflict with the powers that be, and how he endured the injustice of false charges and wrongful incarceration, turning bad providence into spiritual growth.” Sixteen reviews give Hicks’ book 5-stars.