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Mayoral Bob Buckhorn raises $52,000 in his first fundraising quarter

Bob Buckhorn, a candidate for mayor in the city's March 2011 elections, announced today he has raised more than $52,000 in the fundraising quarter that ended June 1. He announced his candidacy in May. The total puts his campaign treasure chest far beyond that of his opponents. Council chairman Tom Scott had raised about $8,200 as of the fundraising quarter that ended March 30. His new totals weren't available as of this writing. Scott announced his candidacy in May 2009. Two other candidates -- Marion Lewis and Arthur Richardson -- have reported raising no money as of March 30. Hillsborough County Commissioner Rose Ferlita announced her run for mayor this week. Her first fundraising report isn't due until October.

Here's a copy of Buckhorn's news release:

"Mayoral candidate Bob Buckhorn announced today he brought in over $52,000 before the close of the fundraising quarter in June. Though he announced his candidacy only weeks ago, he has already raised significantly more than all of the other mayoral hopefuls in the race combined.

Buckhorn, who served an 8 year tenure on City Council, and 8 years as a top assistant to the Mayor, has made his top priority job creation. “Building a business friendly city that is focused on creating the jobs of the future requires strong, steady and stable leadership said Buckhorn. “Bold ideas and strong partnerships with the business community, are needed most in these economic times”.

This message has resonated well with the 248 donors who have already offered their support. Despite the challenges of a weak economy, Buckhorn's supporters have sent a clear message that they believe he is the man who can lead the city to a prosperous future.

"This campaign is fueled by the passion, energy and resources of friends and neighbors from every corner of this city, " said Buckhorn. "I am humbled by their enthusiasm and honored by their support."

Janet Zink, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Thursday, September 16, 2010 3:40pm]


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