A look at Hillsborough County Commission fundraising totals
With the campaign finance reports for the Oct. 1 through Dec. 31 quarter in, here are a few things of note in the Hillsborough County Commission races. Observations are based solely on cash contribution totals for all reporting quarters.
1. Incumbents top the list. Republican Ken Hagan, running countywide for the District 5 seat, has raised $221,343. Democrat Kevin White, running for re-election in District 3, has raised $87,115; and Mark Sharpe, running for re-election in District 7, collected $73,885.
2. Democrat John Dingfelder, a Tampa City Council member, tops the list of nonincumbents, with a total of about $52,000. On the Republican side of that District 1 race, Trey Rustmann has collected $17,205 and Anne Madden has raised $5,895. (Rustmann today said Nancy Watkins, a nationally known Republican campaign finance manager, is working for him.)
3. Newcomer Valerie Goddard raised more in this quarter than her two veteran opponents, Kevin White and Les Miller, in the District 3 race. All three are Democrats.
4. Neil Cosentino, who's opposing Sharpe, reported raising $100, a contribution from himself.
Janet Zink, Times staff writer