Commission candidate Goddard leads White and Miller in fundraising quarter
Political newcomer Valerie Goddard beat out two veterans in the most recent fundraising period for her Hillsborough County Commission race. Goddard, chairman of the Children's Board, pulled in $4,365 from 66 contributors in the past three months. She received another $2,252 in in-kind services. Les Miller, a former state senator, raised $3,350 from 81 donors and received $350 in in-kind contributions. Kevin White, a former City Council member who is running for re-election to the commission, raised $3,650 from nine donors. All three are Democrats.
Goddard still has a long way to go before she catches up with Miller and White on fundraising totals. She has raised just $5,560 and has spent $4,560. Miller's total is nearly $34,000. White has raised more than $87,000. Goddard entered the race in September, and Miller and White have been at it for a year.
White, who has come under fire in recent months because of a guilty verdict in a sexual discrimination lawsuit against him, says he will pick up the pace on fundraising now that the holidays have passed. "Everyone's focus is on different things, so I try not to get out and ask for money during the holiday season," he said. He said he'll get going again in February with a campaign kickoff. Speaking of kickoffs, White says that one reason he hasn't raised much money is that he's been visiting colleges with his son, a Tampa Catholic senior who is line to receive a football scholarship.
Janet Zink, Times Staff Writer