Leon County School Board Candidate, District 4 (Democrat)

Jeremy Rogers Scores Fire Endorsement, Q1 Fundraising Lead in Leon School Board Race

Leon County School Board candidate Jeremy Rogers outraised his incumbent opponent according to new campaign finance data, bringing in more than $23,000 and scoring a major endorsement just weeks into his campaign. 

Rogers, a career Tallahassee firefighter, filed to run in District 4 against School Board Member Laurie Lawson Cox on March 1. His campaign reported $23,660 from 98 contributions.

Cox had an active fundraising quarter as well, raising $20,800 from 57 individual contributions.

Cox, the only registered Republican elected to local office in Leon County, was elected in 2022 besting NPA candidate Alex Stemle in an unusual snap election after the previous member abruptly resigned mid-term.

Cox has been targeted by local Democrats for her ties to Gov. Ron DeSantis and Moms for Liberty in a Democratic-leaning seat.

Fire Union Endorses Early

Rogers has also received the endorsement of the Tallahassee Professional Firefighters Union, Local 2339. Union President Joey Davis praised Rogers in announcing the union’s backing.

“We are excited to walk this walk alongside you as you work to gain the votes of the people of District 4,” wrote Davis, who has led fire union efforts through a bitter ongoing contract dispute with top City executives.

“I’m humbled by the outpouring of support from people across our community of all political persuasions that are backing my campaign for change and stronger schools,” said Rogers in comments to Florida New Signal.

“Throughout my career I’ve always answered the call to service, and I’m honored by the chance to serve Leon County families like mine at a higher level starting this fall,” he continued.

Inside the Numbers

The two candidates both reported their first quarter fundraising figures April 10.

Cox’s donations include several $1,000 maximum checks from Republican lobbyists and political consulting firms, accounting for over a quarter of Cox’s Q1 haul. GOP lobbyist Jim Rimes listed his address as the Republican Party of Florida headquarters on his $500 contribution.

Local roadbuilder SandCo donated $1,000 to Cox; that firm is owned by developer & megadonor Bhezvad “Steve” Ghazvini, who also gave another $1,000 check, as did GOP power player and lobbyist Dave Ramba through two separate entities.

Former County Commissioner Bryan Desloge — previously Leon County’s sole elected Republican before Cox — also contributed, donating $250. Desloge lost his re-election bid for a fourth term to Commissioner Brian Welch, a public school teacher in 2020.

Rogers received nearly twice as many individual contributions, 98 to Cox’s 57. Tallahassee City Commissioner Jeremy Matlow donated $250 while Leon County Commissioner David O’Keefe contributed $50 to Rogers’ first ever run for public office.

Rogers and Lawson Cox will square off on an August 20 primary election ballot. District 4, anchored in the Lake Jackson neighborhood, leans Democratic by approximately six percent.

One response to “Jeremy Rogers Scores Fire Endorsement, Q1 Fundraising Lead in Leon School Board Race”

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    Brittany Butler

    Jeremy is a humble and dedicated worker with a kind heart. I can’t wait to vote for him at the polls.

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