Former Democratic leader Mitch Ceasar kicked off his campaign for Broward Supervisor of Elections with $50,000 of his own money.
He raised another $10,000 from friends in his first formal month of campaigning for the open seat.
One of three Democrats trying to replace the disgraced Brenda Snipes, Ceasar is the only one with widespread name recognition.
The others are Oakland Party Commissioner Timothy Lonergan, Bamon Joevahn Scott and Ruth Carter-Lynch.
Ceasar is a lawyer who has had a general solo practice in Plantation for decades.
During his tenure from 1996 to 2016 as party boss, Ceasar was faced with an acute problem. The base of the party, the retiree condominium voters, was dying off. He is credited with helping expand the base of Democratic activists into different communities by reaching out to LGBTQ and minority voters, groups that could help him in this campaign.
Although he only formally began his race last month, he was laying the groundwork for at least a year.
He lost a race for Broward Clerk of the Courts to Brenda Forman three years ago.