Jack Martins, the Republican candidate for the state’s 7th Senate District, outraised incumbent state Sen. Anna Kaplan (D-North Hills) by more than $20,000 during the most recent filing period, according to data from the Federal Election Commission.
Martins raised a total of $162,467.90.72 compared to Kaplan’s $141,135, during the 32-day pre-general election filing period. Contributions, spending and cash on hand are tracked in the financial disclosures for this period.
Kaplan had a total of $442,495.75 cash on hand at the beginning of the filing period and ended with $263,235.71. Martins started with $40,786.51 cash on hand and ended with $180,782.18.
Martins had nearly $300,000 more in expenses than Kaplan, with a total of $23,972.23. Kaplan had $320,395.04 worth of operating expenses during the filing period. More than $188,000 was paid to the Parkside Group, a public relations and advertising firm in New York City.
The two candidates earned their respective share from political action committees, with Kaplan receiving $55,650 and Martins receiving $22,000, according to the filings.
Kaplan was elected to serve the Town of North Hempstead’s 4th District as a councilwoman in 2011.
In 2016, she sought election to the House of Representatives but lost to current Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-Glen Cove) in the Democratic primary. Kaplan defeated former Flower Hill Mayor Elaine Phillips in 2018 to represent the 7th Senate District.
Martins, an Old Westbury resident who represented the 7th District from 2011 to 2016, announced his campaign in late March.
He also served as the Village of Mineola’s mayor from 2003-2010. In 2008, Martins ran an unsuccessful congressional campaign against former U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy before defeating incumbent 7th District Senator and Democrat Craig Johnson in 2010.
After another failed attempt to get into Congress in 2016 when he lost to Suozzi, Martins shifted his focus to becoming Nassau County’s new county executive after former County Executive Edward Mangano was indicted on federal corruption charges.
Martins ultimately lost that race to Democrat Laura Curran, who served as county executive before being defeated by Republican Bruce Blakeman this past fall.
The 7th Senate district includes Floral Park, New Hyde Park, Williston Park, Mineola, Garden City Park, North Hills, Albertson, Old Westbury, East Hills, Roslyn, Roslyn Harbor, Roslyn Estates, Albertson, Searingtown, Lake Success, Manhasset, Munsey Park, Plandome, Plandome Heights, Plandome Manor, and the Great Neck and Port Washington peninsulas.