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Jacksonville State Senate Candidate At Risk Of Violating Campaign Finance Law

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The only candidate currently running for Florida’s District 6 State Senate seat has received multiple notices from the Florida Department of State over her failure to file campaign finance documents. 

The longshot candidate is Brooklyn Owen, a 20-year-old transgender activist running without the support of a political party or political action committee.

Every month since February, Owen has received multiple notices from the DOS, saying she has not filed either a campaign treasurer’s report or a notification that there had been no reportable activity, whichever is applicable. Owen is now accruing fines, and if nonpayment continues, she may be issued a civil penalty by the Florida Elections Commission. 

Owen told WJCTNews in March that she would support a state version of the Green New Deal, a jobs guarantee, and increased funding for education. 

The District 6 seat, which includes Jacksonville, is currently held by Democrat Audrey Gibson. Gibson will be term-limited out in the 2022 election. 

Owen did not respond to requests for comment for this story. 

Contact Sydney Boles at sboles@wjct.org, or on Twitter at @sydneyboles.

Sydney manages community engagement programs like WJCT News' Coronavirus Texting Service. Originally from the mountains of upstate New York, she relocated to Jacksonville from Kentucky, where she reported on Appalachia's coal industry.