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Hillsborough candidates made final stretch dash for cash



Some of the candidates seeking office in Hillsborough County are stepping up their games when it comes to bringing in money in the final stretch of their campaigns.

District 6 Hillsborough Clounty Commission incumbent Democrat Kevin Beckner continues to set the standard in local races, hauling in another $21,659 in the past two weeks ending Oct. 12 to bring his total to $297,428. He began to part with a major chunk of it, spending nearly $70,000, primarily on at least two mail drops. What's daunting for his challenger is that Beckner still has nearly half the money he has raised on hand.

That opponent, Republican Margaret Iuculano, took in just $1,550, raising her total to $72,251. After weathering a primary contest, she has just less than $10,000 left, hardly enough for even a targeted mailer in what is a county-wide contest.

Meanwhile, Republican Incumbent Commissioner Al Higginbotham brought in another $17,985, to take his total to $180,281. He has a little less than half of that left, while Democratic opponent Mark Nash has about $7,000. Nash reported raising $1,770 in the past two weeks to bring his total to $45,988.

Democratic hopeful Bob Henriquez picked up the pace in one of the most hotly contested campaigns, for Hillsborough County property appraiser. Henriquez raised $17,610 and campaign supporters say he is in the midst of another strong reporting period. Still. he has raised $70,119 for a county-wide campaign, still lagging the $78,386 raised so far by Republican state Sen. Ronda Storms, who has far greater name recognition. Storms' took in $6,068 in the past two weeks. Two no-party candidates reported no additional donations.

In the other closely fought race, for supervisor of elections, Democrat Craig Latimer drew $8,377 to bring his total to $96,898. After a primary contest, he has about a third of that left. Republican state Rep. Rich Glorioso raised $9,130 to bring his total to $89,385. He didn't have a primary fight though and has nearly half of the money he has raised so far still in the bank.

[Last modified: Friday, October 19, 2012 7:02pm]


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