Retired Judge Martin Zilber amassed nearly $89,000 last month to lead fundraising in a Special Election to fill a short-term Miami City Commission vacancy.
Much of the money Zilber accepted Jan. 1-26 came from real estate, including The Treo Group, Dacra and Miami “condo king” Jorge Pérez’s Related Group.
Of 12 other candidates vying for the seat Ken Russell left early for an unsuccessful congressional bid, his closest money competitors were Miami Herald account executive James Torres, PR pro Sabina Covo and lawyer Lorenzo Palomares-Starbuck.
Their combined January fundraising still fell roughly $9,000 short of Zilber’s.
The election is Feb. 27.
– Jesse Scheckner, Florida Politics