Kristen Carlson - DEM Challenger

Financial Strength

Raised ($): $2,042,178

Cash on Hand ($): $6,955

% of the total DEM $ Raised: 100%

Cash on Hand v. Opponent (%):


An attorney who has career has been to protect consumers and the Florida Citrus industry, Kristen received her BS, Journalism from the University of Florida and her JD from Stetson University College of Law. With experience in the private and public sector Kristen has worked as a prosecutor in Pasco County, as a general counsel for the Florida Department of Citrus, and chief counsel for the Florida Department of Transportation in Bartow. She is currently a partner at Macfarlane, Ferguson & McMullen. She also serves as Executive Director, Florida Citrus Processors Association and served as a board member for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Lakeland and the Polk Museum of Art. In September the national Democratic Party recently added Polk and Lake counties to its "Red to Blue" list of districts where it believes it has a strong chance of taking over a Republican seat. The move follows release of an internal campaign poll showing Democratic Kristen Carlson statistically tied in the race with Republican state Rep. Ross Spano. The poll commissioned by the Carlson campaign from a national Democratic political polling firm showed her one point ahead, 48-47 percent, with a 4.9-point error margin.